The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will investigate allegations that the Wake County school system discriminated against some Latino students by not providing their parents with Spanish translations of important documents.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Children's Services announced today that OCR is acting on the Title VI complaint that the two groups filed against Wake last month. Here's the OCR letter to Wake dated June 27.
“This is good news for all Latino students in Wake County schools whose parents have limited English proficiency,” said Peggy Nicholson, one of the ACS attorneys representing the students in the complaint. “We hope this investigation results in Wake County public schools adopting new policies and practices that better enable all parents to play a more meaningful role in their children’s education.”
Last month, Wake said it was disappointed that the complaint was filed but welcomed the chance to work with OCR to resolve the issues raised.
Typically, OCR doesn't investigate most of the thousands of complaints it receives annually. But this will mark at least the third complaint against Wake that OCR has investigated in the past two years.
OCR is still investigating the Title VI complaint that the NAACP filed against Wake over ending the diversity policy. Earlier this week, OCR announced it had settled the the Title IX complaint against Wake about athletic opportunities for female students.