Programs for language minority
students must comply with Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act states:
"Where inability to speak
and understand the English language excludes national
origin-minority group children from effective
participation in the educational program offered
by a school district, the district must take affirmative
steps to rectify the language deficiency in order
to open its instructional program to these students."
Also in effect is the 1974 Supreme
Court Lau vs. Nichols decision that states:
"No state shall deny equal
educational opportunity to an individual on account
of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin,
by the failure by an educational agency to take
appropriate action to overcome language barriers
that impede equal participation by its students
in its instructional programs."
Under these laws, school districts
have a continuing obligation to provide equal
educational opportunities to language minority
There are 9,507 identified limited
English Proficient (LEP) students in the Elk Grove
Unified School District (R30 Report, 2011). These
students speak over 80 different languages. Additional
assistance to English Learner students is provided
from the state of California's Economic Impact
Aid (EIA) funds which are disbursed to school
sites for direct services to students. Teaching
Associates assist students in their primary languages,
and students are taught in structured English
immersion classes before they are mainstreamed.
Language minority students are
identified through the Home Language Survey. Students
are tested in their primary language within 90
days of enrollment at school to determine their
primary language proficiency. They are also tested
to determine their English language proficiency.
These tests allow schools to appropriately place
and service students.
For more information, contact
Christina DeWaal or Xai Vue i
in Learning Support Services at (916) 686-7712.
English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting
schedule for 2012-2013:
September 27, 2012 6:00-7:30 p.m.
December 5, 2012
February 28, 2013 6:00-7:30 p.m.
May 2, 2013 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Student Recognition)
All meetings will be
held in the Robert L. Trigg Education Center Board
Click Below to view our LANGUAGE CENSUS
March 2012 Language Census
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