Judge rules school did not discriminateby Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A federal judge in St. Paul has ruled against 13 immigrant students who claimed a Minneapolis alternative school discriminated against them by badly educating them.
The students from Somalia and Ethiopia had alleged a school hired by the Minneapolis school district, Abraham Lincoln, failed to prepare them for taking basic skills tests needed for graduation.
The school serves foreign-born students with limited English skills and little formal education.
The students claimed the school violated federal laws by failing to educate them in reading, writing English, and basic math.
U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz said the students had to prove the school not only gave them a substandard education, but also intentionally did so because they were foreign-born.
He said the students could not prove the school discriminated against them based on their nationalities.