Complaint Alleges Discrimination in Montgomery Co. Programs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former Obama administration official has filed a federal civil rights complaint claiming that the Montgomery County school system discriminates against minority children in its language-immersion programs.

The Washington Post reports ( ) that Will Jawando says in his complaint that the school district is violating federal law by failing to publicize or conduct robust outreach for the highly-popular programs in areas with high percentages of black and Hispanic students.

He says that means the programs enroll high numbers of white students and deny opportunities to minorities and lower income children.

School officials told the newspaper Wednesday that they hadn’t seen the complaint and couldn’t comment.

Jawando worked for the U.S. Department of Education and also recently lost a Democratic primary for Congress.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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