DOE report says Hispanic students, staff faced hostile environment at Adams 14

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A school district with 80 percent Hispanic students is accused of creating a hostile environment for Spanish speakers.

The report on Adams County School District 14 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, found the district, just north of Denver, created a hostile environment for Hispanic students, parents and staff.

The report cites complaints that nine schools targeted Hispanic teachers, discouraged Spanish and belittled students for speaking it. It says the district failed to comply with federal civil rights laws.

The district had denied the accusations but has agreed to a settlement to to avoid sanctions.