The U.S. Education Department announced it will begin collecting data this year about allegations of discrimination or bullying of students based on their religion, bringing new attention to what educators and advocates call a growing problem in public schools, particularly for Muslim students.

Catherine E. Lhamon, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights, said the department plans to work with schools and communities to promote inclusive school environments for everyone.

"Students of all religions should feel safe, welcome and valued in our nation's schools," she said in an announcement.

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