Collier school district sued amid claims immigrant children were denied an education
For close to a year, allegations have swirled that the Collier County school district has turned away immigrant teens with limited English skills seeking to enroll in local high schools.
On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against the district on behalf of three students, saying they were pushed into adult education programs and denied the opportunity to pursue a high school diploma.
"The Collier County school district is shirking its responsibility to educate these students," Tania Galloni, SPLC managing attorney, said in a news release. "Let's be clear: An adult English language class is no substitute for a high school education. Collier County has a responsibility under state and federal law to provide these children with a high school education."
District officials have in the past denied such accusations, telling the Naples Daily News the students did not meet general requirements for high school promotion.
This issue is not limited to Florida. According to a recent AP report. Georgetown University Law researchers uncovered similar situations in at least four states. The problems appeared to increase along with the rise of unaccompanied minors from central America entering the United States.
Read the SPLC complaint for more details.