Michigan schools to work to overcome language barriers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. A suburban Detroit school district with a growing Arab-American population has agreed to improve its programs for students with limited English skills and to potentially hire more educators of Arab descent.

The Detroit Free Press reports Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights on Wednesday agreed to a settlement with the Justice Department.

The agreement says the district will work to overcome language barriers that impede equal and meaningful participation by students with limited English skills. It also requires the district to provide documents in English and other languages such as Arabic.

The agreement follows a complaint filed in 2011 on behalf of a counselor saying there was a lack of attention to Arab-American students who didn't know English well. In the agreement, the school district doesn't admit wrongdoing.

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