Guidelines outlining the legal obligations of state and local education agencies to English learner students under civil rights laws and other federal requirements have been released by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The guidance document, “English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents” outlines how to ensure English learner students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs and is available on the OCR website along with resources for students, parents and educational officials.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition has published the first chapter of the English Learner Tool Kit, “Tools and Resources for Identifying All English Learners”. This information is focused on helping state and local educational agencies meet their obligations to English learners. It is recommended that the tool kit be used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s joint guidance, “English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents.”