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Schools will revise policies to end immigration discrimination

One school district has recently adopted several new measures that are slated to be effective for the next three years. The policies have been revamped in response to allegations of immigration discrimination, especially toward Latino students and families. The school district is not located in North Carolina, but this issue is not limited by geographical area.

The school district has recently signed an official agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to ensure that all students and families are treated fairly. Allegations that have been lodged include complaints that school staff was not ensuring that communication in a second language was being made available to those families that were not fluent in English. Additionally, students were supposedly questioned concerning their status as immigrants or citizens.

Parents have also complained that there was no effort on the part of the teaching staff to provide interpreters for parent-teacher meetings. Along with the above corrections, the school staff will encourage student enrollment regardless of immigration status. The district will also hold annual workshops to train all teachers and support staff in avoiding discriminatory practices as well as pledging to investigate any allegations of unfair practices or policies.

This school system is taking steps to eliminate immigration discrimination and ensure that all students are given the opportunity to learn and grow into their true potential. All North Carolina students and their families deserve the opportunity to seek an education and develop skills in order to be contributing members of the society in which they live. Residents who believes that they or their children have been victims of discriminatory practices can obtain information concerning their rights that are protected by their state's laws and provisions.

Source: theneworleansadvocate.com, "Jefferson schools pledge to end discrimination against Latino students", Jeff Adelson, July 15, 2014

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