East Hartford schools to provide better language services

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has found that East Hartford public schools violated civil rights law by failing to provide adequate language services to parents and guardians with limited English proficiency.

The department announced Wednesday that it determined that the schools violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It also found that the schools applied additional registration and enrollment criteria to students based on national origin. The law requires school districts to address language barriers and prohibits discrimination based on national origin in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Under an agreement with the department, the school district has committed to correct its registration and enrollment process. Steps to be taken include providing qualified interpreters and translations during the enrollment and registration process.

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