Parent information on ACLU lawsuit
The following provides information for parents about a lawsuit against Charter Day School regarding the school’s dress code that was filed and announced in the media on Monday, February 29. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of three parents.
Charter Day School has responded fully to all correspondence from the NCACLU and fulfilled 3 public records requests.
Among other items, NCACLU requests included documentation of “disciplinary actions, including removing girls from class or requiring girls to change clothes, because of purported dress code violations.” There are no responsive incidents.
Further, the NCACLU asked for “records of all complaints made to the school and/or to Roger Bacon Academy and/or directly to Baker Mitchell regarding, or requesting to change, the school uniform policies at the school” or “alleging sex discrimination at the school.” The only responsive records to these items are two letters, both from lawsuit Plaintiff, Ms. Peltier, or the NCACLU on her behalf.
CDS’s 2015 annual parent survey confirms that 96% of parents surveyed are satisfied or very satisfied with CDS. Dissatisfied responses were 1% (6 surveys) and neutral were 3%.
Linked below is a letter CDS legal counsel George Fletcher submitted to the NCACLU in response to their initial threat of action in September 2015. Mr. Fletcher’s letter describes the legal standing of CDS, and highlights are included below:
- Ms. Peltier did not attempt to resolve the matter by filing a grievance per CDS’ grievance policy.
- “Thus, we view your allegation regarding a possible Title IX violation as meritless under the law as it has existed for over three decades.”
- “As the uniform policy currently stands, CDS complies with North Carolina General Statute 115C-218.55.”
- “CDS’s uniform policy does not violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.”
- “CDS’s uniform policy, as is, does not violate any Supreme Court or Fourth Circuit precedents.”
- “CDS’s dress code is not discriminatory and is clearly written out such that parents and students know what is permitted.”
- Plaintiffs “made a conscious decision to apply for admission.”
Mr. Fletcher’s letter is linked here: