Trial Begins in Lawsuit over English-only Policy

A federal trial started Wednesday for a lawsuit three Hispanic families filed against a Catholic school in Wichita.

The lawsuit challenges a policy that requires students to speak only English while at school.

Three 12-year-old students claim the Catholic Diocese violated the Civil Rights Act and another federal statute by causing a hostile educational environment.

The Diocese says the English-only rule is not discriminatory and did not cause a hostile environment.

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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