BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of race-based discrimination in Brevard Public Schools, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.

Four complaints filed by the North Brevard Chapter of the NAACP triggered the investigation, an agency spokesman confirmed.

The areas that will be investigated include: The rate of suspensions among black students; the hiring of black teachers; the promotion of black teachers; and the closing of three schools with a high percentage of black students, while keeping open a school serving mostly white students.

School Board Chair Barbara Murray declined to comment to Florida Today.

According to the Office for Civil Rights, opening an investigation into the allegations does not confirm their merits. During the investigation, the office services “as a neutral fact-finder, collecting and analyzing relevant evidence.” according to a letter confirming the investigation.

Florida Today previously reported on the NAACP’s complaint and the “disturbing trend” of suspensions among black students