A parental rights group filed a federal civil rights complaint Thursday against New York City Public Schools for separating students by race for discussions on social justice topics, saying the practice amounted to racial discrimination.

Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, accusing the NYC school district of engaging in racial discrimination in violation of federal civil rights law.

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The complaint followed a Nov. 18 report by the New York Post that revealed a junior high school in the borough of Manhattan was separating students by race to discuss “identity and social justice topics.”

“As the Department of Education is no doubt aware,” Neily wrote, “segregation on the basis of race raises concerns that the New York City Public School system has received federal funds in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which declares that ‘no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’”

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NYC Public Schools did not reply to a request for comment. A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the Office for Civil Rights "does not comment on or confirm reports of complaints, and only comments on active investigations."