On August 22, 2012, the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights received a written complaint alleging national origin discrimination by Louisiana's Jefferson Parish Public School System ( ...
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On August 22, 2012, the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights received a written complaint alleging national origin discrimination by Louisiana's Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) against Latino students and parents. The Division and OCR received a supplemental complaint with additional allegations of national origin discrimination on November I, 2012. On September 26, 2012, the Division and OCR notified JPPSS that they had initiated a joint investigation into JPPSS's policies and practices regarding the documentation required for student registration, enrollment, and graduation.
On November 13, 2012, the Division and OCR notified JPPSS that, based on the supplemental complaint, they were expanding the investigation to examine whether JPPSS communicated with minority parents in a language they understand and whether JPPSS took prompt and effective action to respond to alleged incidents of harassing conduct based on national origin. The Division and OCR initiated the investigation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C § 2000, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA).
The school expressed interest in voluntarily resolving the matter and entered into a Resolution Agreement. The agreement included school-specific and parish-wide remedial measures. First, the agreement requires that the school not discriminate against students for enrollment, registration, or graduation -- including not requiring a social security card or other proof of citizenship. Second, the agreement requires translation services be available for the families at the school, and that those translators be properly trained. Third, the agreement requires the school to engage with the community to provide recommendations to the program. The school was also required to update their school policies, to be reviewed by the Justice Department. There will also be monitoring from the Department of Education until there is compliance with the agreement.
On July 8, 2014, without admitting any unlawful conduct, the school voluntarily agreed to implement the terms of the agreement. The agreement stated that it would "remain in effect for the entire 2014-2015,2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years and until such time as the Agreement is terminated." The Departments of Justice and Education were given various methods of gaining information and, under the agreement, could enforce its terms by "civil enforcement proceedings in federal court and/or administrative enforcement proceedings."Ginny Lee - 02/03/2017