Parents: DOE Not Providing Necessary Language Translation Services
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Some parents of city students with special needs are claiming the Department of Education is not providing necessary language translation services.
Legal advocacy groups joined parents whose first language is not English in Lower Manhattan to announce a complaint filed with the federal Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
They claim the city has failed to translate education-related documents for parents with limited English proficiency.
Advocates for Children and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest said the lack of services is hindering tens of thousands of parents from becoming involved with their children's special education programs.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said his office has not received a formal complaint and cannot comment on pending litigation.