There are very likely some sound disparate impact issues that can be raised and even proved, but that is an expensive and lengthy course. Community involvement in the system and exercise of the political process might be a much better strategy here.
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I would need to know more about your particular child and their situation. Are they a minority? Do they have a disability? Other factors come into play. I would suggest that you meet with an attorney in person to disucss this.Ask a similar question
If the district is selecting solely on those characteristics then there are some serious issues with bias. You would need to review the standards with an educational lawyer to determine all of the selection criteria before you can ascertain if their selection process is biased. You could file a complaint with the Department of Education and ask for an investigation, which would be the least expensive approach.
There are a number of minority advocacy groups including the ACLU who may be able to assist you.
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