DOE report says Hispanic students, staff faced hostile environment at Adams 14

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A school district with 80 percent Hispanic students is accused of creating a hostile environment for Spanish speakers.

The report on Adams County School District 14 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, found the district, just north of Denver, created a hostile environment for Hispanic students, parents and staff.

The report cites complaints that nine schools targeted Hispanic teachers, discouraged Spanish and belittled students for speaking it. It says the district failed to comply with federal civil rights laws.

The district had denied the accusations but has agreed to a settlement to to avoid sanctions.


  • John Martin

    The majority of Mexican parents living in Colorado have taught their children, as they were taught in Mexico that this land ( the United States ) is truly their native land, so learning English or assimilating into American culture will never be a priority. The article in the Denver Post sums up that attitude by Latinos and Hispanics.

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