June 24, 2015
The district updated their Multilingual Education program in 2008 with standards for identifying, testing, and recategorizing English learners who would have the right to receive at least 30 minutes of English instruction every day.
However, parents said that the district has missed deadlines outlined in the 2008 plan and failed to track all English learners, communicate with parents in their preferred languages, and make necessary services available. Revision to the plan started in 2012 and the proposed program has been presented to U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken.
“[Students] aren’t getting the support they need to be reclassified as English-proficient,” said attorney Christopher Ho of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. “Parents aren’t being told their options.” He also said that English learners were often designated as having learning disabilities and sent to special education.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid at Work