2. ADC Support: Legal Assistance and Educational Resources

The ADC national office or local chapter may be able to provide support in the form of information or a letter or call of concern. Often the problem is at the level of human relations and is not a legal issue. It is often a “judgement call” as to whether or not an official complaint or a lawsuit is appropriate. Please consult first with the ADC Legal Department. ADC can also provide information on Arab Americans, on discrimination, or the Arab world for parents, teachers or school districts. Many of these materials are available on this website.
It may be appropriate to file a formal complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Education. For information on filing a complaint, check the DOE website at: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/
Please note that most school districts receive federal funding. They are obligated to take active steps to prevent discrimination. If they show a pattern of discrimination, they stand to lose these funds. This provides strong motivation for school systems to take a strong stand against bias. Since September 11, most schools are much more aware of the problem of anti-Arab discrimination and ready to take preemptive measures.

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