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April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Group Backs Language-Learner Provisions in ESEA Rewrite

The bill would provide incentives to states and school districts to implement policies to significantly improve instruction for English-learners.

March 30, 2015

Boston Schools Shortchanging English-Language Learners, Federal Review Finds

The school system entered into an agreement with the federal departments of Education and Justice in 2010 to avoid legal action after investigators found the school system denied thousands of ELLS an adequate education.

January 07, 2015

Federal Civil Rights Officials Release Guidance on English-Language Learners

The guidance comes on the heels of the recent 40th anniversaries of Lau v. Nichols, a landmark Supreme Court decision, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, both of which expanded rights of students with limited English proficiency.

December 16, 2014

New York State Knocks Down Enrollment Barriers for Unaccompanied Minors

New policy prohibits schools from asking about the immigration status of students or their families during the enrollment process and provides guidance on the range of documents students may use to prove residency.

December 01, 2014

Civil Rights Officials: Texas Charter School Operator Excluded ELLs

Investigators with the Education Department's office for civil rights found that English-language learners and students with disabilities were significantly underrepresented on campuses run by the state's largest charter school operator.

August 19, 2014

At Behest of Feds, Michigan District Agrees to Improve Services for ELLs

The Crestwood school district, which serves a large population of Arab-American students, has agreed to hire more bilingual staff members, improve language instruction, and better communicate with parents who do not speak English.

August 12, 2014

California Judge Says State Failed Thousands of English-Learners

A Los Angeles judge agreed with plaintiffs that state education officials failed to monitor districts that were not providing English-language instruction to thousands of ELLs.

July 31, 2014

California Stands Trial in Lawsuit Alleging State Neglects English-Learners

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief supporting a lawsuit brought on behalf of six English-language-learner students who said they did not receive language instruction.

July 11, 2014

Ala. Puts Stop to Enrollment Policies That Discriminate Against Immigrants

State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice is requiring all school districts to use a common enrollment form and follow the same set of practices that will not discourage students to enroll because of their immigration status or that of their parents.

July 10, 2014

Louisiana District Agrees to Improve Services for English-Language Learners

Federal civil rights officials had been investigating complaints about inadequate services for English-learners and their families in the 46,000-student Jefferson Parish district.

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