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July 29, 2014

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ACLU urges Esmeralda County to drop English-only rule

Nevada and national offices of the ACLU have jointly asked Esmeralda County to lift their English-only rule on school buses. The rule principally affects about a dozen Hispanic students, the Sun reported on Dec. 19.

In an Oct. 12 letter advising parents about the rule, Superintendent Robert Aumagher told residents of Dyer, an alfalfa farming and cattle ranching town about 70 miles southwest of Tonopah, that their children should only speak English, which he called "a power language."

But Jennifer Chang, staff attorney with the ACLU, says "the Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized that students do not 'shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate." The ACLU has sent a letter to Aumagher requesting a meeting soon "to avid unnecessary conflict and controversy concerning a matter that can be amicably resolved."

See the letter.

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