WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A lawsuit filed by three Hispanic families against the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is going to trial in federal court on Tuesday. It challenges a policy that requires students to speak only English while at school.
Three 12-year-old students are claiming the Catholic Diocese violated the Civil Rights Act and another federal statute by causing a hostile educational environment.
The diocese contends that the English-only rule is not discriminatory and did not cause a hostile environment. It contends the rule was implemented at St. Anne Catholic School as a legitimate response to inappropriate behavior by a few middle school students.
The lawsuit calls for an end to the policy and asks for an order barring similar policies at other Catholic schools in the Wichita diocese.
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