School Secretary Fired For Translating For Parents

In a “Hall of Fame” worthy example of how NOT to encourage parent involvement/engagement, the Charlotte Observer reports that a school secretary was fired for continuing to translate for parents who couldn’t speak English after a new principal banned her from doing so.

The school in question is 42% Latino, and its motto is “Academy of Cultural and Academic Diversity.”

The secretary, Ana Ligia Mateo, complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which ruled in June that there is “reasonable cause” to believe her civil rights were violated.

She is now suing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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