United States Reaches Settlement with Charleston County School District to Ensure Equal Opportunities for English Learner Students
Charleston, S.C (STL.News) The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced today a settlement agreement with the Charleston County School District to resolve an investigation into complaints that the school district failed to communicate essential information to thousands of Spanish-speaking, limited English proficient (LEP) parents and denied their children full and equal access to the district’s education programs and services.
The investigation found that the school district often failed to use qualified interpreters to communicate with Spanish-speaking, LEP parents and guardians, even when their need for an interpreter was documented or otherwise evident. It also found that the school district did not consistently translate essential written information into Spanish, nor did it explain options on important decisions about school programs and services with parents in a language they understood.
The agreement, which stems from the United States’ investigation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, will ensure that the school district provides English Learner students and LEP parents the services needed to succeed in the school district’s educational programs.