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Aug 18, 2010 10:27 AM by Associated Press

AFA defends withholding some survey details

The superintendent of the Air Force Academy is defending his decision not to release detailed results of the latest survey of cadets and staff.

Lt. Gen. Michael Gould said Tuesday that a public debate on the results could be a "distraction" from the school's mission to educate future Air Force officers.

The Academy said last week that the 2009-10 survey showed progress on religious tolerance and other issues but found that some racial minorities feel less accepted than members of other groups.

Gould says the Academy has begun addressing issues raised in the survey.

The anonymous, voluntary surveys have been conducted every other year since 2005. In previous years, the Academy released details of the findings.

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