OCR to Investigate Wake County Discrimination Claim is the title of a Learning The Language blog post at Education Week. Here’s how it begins:
The U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights (OCR) will investigate whether the Wake County public schools in North Carolina are discriminating against English-language learners and their parents by not providing adequate translations of important documents, according to a letter from OCR team leader Olabisi L. Okubadejo dated June 27 and addressed to representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Legal Aid of North Carolina. The legal advocacy organizations announced the investigation today.
The investigation is in response to a complaint filed against the district last month by the SPLC and Legal Aid, as we reported. The civil rights groups allege that the school system does not always provide adequate translations of documents such as notices of long-term suspensions or special education materials to Spanish-speaking parents.
It’s definitely worth reading the entire post, which also includes important links.
This kind of practice doesn’t really encourage parent involvement/engagement…
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