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Friday, July 27, 2012

NC Schools Accused of Discriminating Against Hispanics

June 12, 2012

T. Keung Hui

The complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Children's Services charges that Wake is violating the civil rights of Hispanic families by not providing them adequate translation services. The complaint asks the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to require North Carolina's largest school system to make changes such as providing documents about suspensions and special education services in Spanish to parents with limited proficiency in English.

"Wake County public schools must end this discrimination and recognize that these students and their parents have the same right as English-speaking students," Caren Short, a staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a written statement. "This is about ensuring every student in the district has the right to succeed."

The two groups had sent a notice to Wake on May 8 warning that they might take action unless the district made changes.

Peggy Nicholson, a staff attorney for Advocates for Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid of N.C., said today that the school system offered to provide translation of documents when requested by families. But she said the groups making the complaint considered that to be too much of a burden to place on the families. 

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