San Mateo High School District did not discrimate

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP)

A federal civil rights investigation has cleared a San Francisco Bay Area school district of discriminating against Chinese American students who were assigned to schools outside their neighborhoods.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found that the San Mateo Union High School District was evenhanded in its policies.

The probe did conclude that officials violated federal regulations by failing to provide translations for limited-English-speaking families who wanted enrollment information. The report says the district has recently improved those practices.

The investigation was launched last year after a number of Chinese American families accused officials of selectively enforcing proof-of-residency requirements against them.

The report said school officials simply required students in those households to provide additional documentation of their residence in the district.

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