Complaint alleges bias by N.O. school officials
NEW ORLEANS - Legal advocates have asked federal authorities to investigate their claims that New Orleans school officials discriminate against the parents of Asian-American and Latino students.
A complaint filed Friday with the Justice Department alleges that the Orleans Parish School Board, the Recovery School District and three charter school operators have failed to provide adequate translation and interpretation services to parents with limited English proficiency.
Attorneys for the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed the complaint on behalf of Vietnamese- and Spanish-speaking parents.
The Justice Department's civil rights division already is investigating similar allegations by the Southern Poverty Law Center that Jefferson Parish public schools discriminate against Latino students.