Tuesday, August 12, 2008

English Only Constitutes Race Discrimination?

Catholic schools in Kansas have seen a dramatic increase in their Hispanic population. As a result, there has been a growing discipline problem.

To combat the problem, St. Anne Catholic School instituted an English only policy that they say has had an immediate and drastic positive impact on the unruly students. Three Hispanic families don't see it that way. They've chosen to make a federal case out of it, literally.
“What happened at that school constitutes race discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws — that is why it is important. That needs to be stopped,” said Christopher McHugh, the attorney representing three 12-year-old students named as plaintiffs in the civil litigation.

The lawsuit was filed against the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and goes to trial this week.
“This case is about a matter of discipline,” Jay Fowler, the attorney representing the Catholic Diocese said Monday. “Catholic schools embrace all cultures... This is not a case that implicates constitutional or statutory rights, as no court has recognized a right to speak a foreign language at school,” the defendants said in court documents.

It will be interesting to see if the federal court system will once again over step its authority and declare speaking Spanish a constitutionally protected right.


Ed said...

I can't see the plaintiffs winning this one. It's not about free speech. They can bad-mouth the pope all they want in English.

But then again if they win, they risk their eternal salvation as the Pope may declare that they spend eternity in purgatory unless they fork over millions in indulgences.


Hall Monitor said...

This story made http://detentionslip.org! Voted #1 for crazy headlines in education.