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Advocacy groups say NC school system discriminates


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two advocacy groups are warning the Wake County school system that they will file a civil rights complaint if it doesn't end what they claim is discrimination against Latino students with Spanish-speaking parents.

Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the Southern Poverty Law Center made the allegations in a letter to Wake schools superintendent Tony Tata. The organizations described how parents with limited English skills are unable to read and understand important school documents in English.

The groups say by providing information to English-speaking parents in English, but failing to provide it in Spanish to Spanish-speaking parents, the school system has discriminated against these students and violated state and federal law and local policy.

Tata didn't immediately respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment.

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