Thursday, April 25, 2013

English learners get too little aid, suit says

Students are entitled to extra help learning English but many of them are not getting it. Obviously they will suffer in school if they don't know the language.   - - Donna Poisl

Jill Tucker

California schools are required to help English learners master the language - and they get federal and state money to do so - but more than 20,000 students aren't getting the help they need, according to a statewide lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The legal challenge filed by civil rights groups alleges that state education officials have failed to investigate and fix the lack of English language services in 251 school districts.

Each year, state schools are required to report how many English learners they have and what programs they provide students to help them learn the language.
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