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Feds end Jefferson Parish school bias probe

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials say Jefferson Parish public school administrators have reached an agreement with the federal government to end an investigation into discrimination against English-language learners.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1xUrxmo) reports the three-year agreement, brokered with the U.S. departments of Education and Justice, requires that Jefferson make a number of changes to its programs. Some include revise enrollment materials to ensure they don't discourage a student from enrolling because of citizenship or immigration status and create a bilingual parent advisory committee to make recommendations on servicing English language learners.

The investigation was launched after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed two 2012 complaints alleging that Jefferson failed to provide needed services for students struggling to learn English.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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