Editor's Note: Encore Academy declined our interview request during the reporting of this story. However, the story has been updated to include information the school provided after publication.
Public schools are required to serve students from all kinds of families, regardless of race, income, or what language they speak. But schools in Orleans Parish haven’t always done a good job of serving students from immigrant families, especially families still learning English.
After parents complained in 2013, the federal government started monitoring the situation, but parents say they’re still dealing with widespread issues. Now, they're taking matters into their own hands.