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August 20, 2012

Court Rules That Ala. Can't Check Student Immigration Status

UPDATED A federal appeals court late today struck down a provision in Alabama's tough immigration law that required public school officials to check the immigration status of new students. The rulings from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a key part of the Alabama law, however, and a simil...

August 09, 2012

Mass. Officials Strive to Improve Services for English-Learners

Pressure from federal civil rights officials has sparked a number of initiatives to improve teaching and learning for the state's English-language learners.

July 23, 2012

Parsing Performance Among Asian-Heritage Students

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for promising practices in disaggregating data for Asian-heritage students.

July 05, 2012

OCR to Investigate Wake County Discrimination Claim

The Office of Civil Rights will investigate a claim that Wake County Public School System discriminate against limited English proficient students and their parents - especially Latino students - according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and Legal Aid North Carolina

June 20, 2012

GAO Looking Into English Learners' Access to Charters

The watchdog agency is looking into whether the steadily-growing charter school sector is serving special populations of students.

April 23, 2012

Federal Officials Reach Final Agreement on Services for ELLs in Boston

Boston Public Schools continue to improve in their services for English-language learners.

December 12, 2011

ELL Services Under Federal Review in 11 Districts

The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education has opened 11 "compliance reviews" in school districts around the country over the past 21 months to examine whether English-language learners are being adequately served under federal law. Of course, those 11 reviews don't represent t...

November 15, 2011

Feds Press Durham, N.C., Schools to Improve Services to Latino Families

The school system is the latest to reach an agreement on how to improve its practices with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights.

November 01, 2011

Another Civil Rights Probe of ELL Services in Massachusetts

This time, federal civil rights officials are looking into a complaint that Boston charter schools don't enroll or adequately serve English-language learners.

October 17, 2011

Alabama Immigration Law's School Provision Blocked

The provision requiring schools to collect and report on students' immigration status was among those blocked.

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