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Texas Must Fix Programs for Secondary School ELLs


A federal judge has given Texas until the end of January to improve programs for English-language learners at the secondary school level, according to an Associated Press article published on Saturday. The Dallas Morning News also covered the story.

U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice said the state's monitoring of ELL programs is "fatally flawed." (Yes, it's the same judge that ruled in 1982 in the U.S. Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe that undocumented students had the right to a free K-12 education.)

I'm wading through the 95-page decision (click here) to write my own article for Education Week about it. When the story is published, I'll provide a link to it on this blog.


No Child Left Behind????? Another example of an expensive slogan.

How amazing that, once again, Judge William Wayne Justice rules to protect the educational rights of English Language Learners. The Plyler decision has been absolutely critical in maintaining educational services for migrant children. While Plyler focused mostly on the provision of educational service, this new case focuses on the outcomes of services and is consistent with other case law that argues that children are entitled to, not only, receive service, but that service must be effective in meeting their needs. A system of persistently inequitable outcomes is not an acceptable model. How fortunate we are to have a judge with the courage and vision to consistently defend the rights of children, especially those who are most in need.

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