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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.

June 11, 2014

Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas Districts Over English-Learner Services

The lawsuit alleges that tens of thousands of English-learners across Texas are receiving substandard instruction.

May 16, 2014

Sylvia Mendez and California's School Desegregation Story

Mexican-American parents in California won the first federal challenge of segregated schools in a case that was decided seven years before the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

May 15, 2014

Sixty Years After Brown, Latino Students Are Most Segregated, Report Says

A surge of Latino students in public schools in the last two decades coincided with a retreat from major desegregation efforts in many school districts, researchers argue.

May 08, 2014

Feds to Districts: Policies Must Not Chill Enrollment of Immigrant Students

New federal guidance for districts on their legal obligations to enroll students regardless of their immigration status updates similar guidance issued three years ago.

April 01, 2014

Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Lack of Equity for ELLs, Poor Students

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund files suit on behalf of parents of ELLs and poor students, arguing that New Mexico's funding and K-12 reform initiatives are not providing a sufficient education.

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