Published Online: May 31, 2016
Published in Print: June 1, 2016, as Florida District Challenged Over Immigrant Placements

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Florida District Challenged Over Immigrant Placements

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit against the Collier County, Fla., district on behalf of immigrant parents who say their children were placed in an adult English program that offered no opportunity to earn credit toward a high school diploma.

The lawsuit, filed last month in federal court, says the Florida district violated state and federal laws. When families tried to enroll their children in a high school, administrators said the teenagers were eligible to attend a technical school for an adult English-language class. The suit says there was no instruction in basic subjects.

The district says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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