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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.

March 21, 2014

English-Learners Not Disproportionately Suspended, Civil Rights Data Show

While English-learners did not show disparate rates of suspensions and expulsions, federal civil rights data show that they are less likely to have experienced teachers, access to rigorous math and science courses, and to participate in gifted education.

November 04, 2013

School Provision of Ala. Anti-Immigrant Law Gutted in Legal Settlement

The state of Alabama has agreed to block several provisions of the state's anti-immigration law to settle lawsuits filed by civil rights groups and the U.S. Department of Justice.

November 04, 2013

Civil Rights Researcher Gary Orfield Calls For New Look at School Segregation

Civil Rights researcher Gary Orfield called for new thinking about school segregation in the 10th annual Brown lecture on education research.

August 02, 2013

New Orleans Schools Face Complaint About Treatment of ELL Families

Two Asian American civil rights groups say a handful of charter schools in the city are failing to provide translated documents and interpretation services for non-English-speaking parents.

June 10, 2013

L.A. Unified Improves English-Learner Outcomes, Superintendent Says

The nation's most ELL-rich school district continues to roll out its latest plan to raise achievement for students who are still learning English.

April 24, 2013

Calif. Neglecting Thousands of English-Learners, Lawsuit Claims

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit that California education officials are failing to provide legally required language instruction to ELLs in more than 250 school districts.

April 15, 2013

English-Learners Need Federal Commission, Suggests MALDEF Chief

Thomas A. Saenz says that the fast-growing population of English-language learners and their needs deserve more federal attention.

April 09, 2013

Hartford Schools, Civil Rights Officials Agree on Services for ELLs

The U.S. Department of Education will oversee the comprehensive agreement through the 2014-15 school year.

April 01, 2013

Ariz. English-Learner Program Upheld in Federal Court

In long-running Horne v. Flores case, a federal judge rules that four hours a day of language instruction for English-learners does not violate their civil rights.

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