Judge asked to OK new English-learners plan for SF schools

San Francisco school officials, parents and the federal government asked a judge Wednesday to approve a plan designed to upgrade English-language instruction for more than 16,000 students who need it.

News Story (California)

Bob Egelko
SF Gate
June 24, 2015
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Tags: Disability Rights, Language Access

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) (San Francisco)


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, who represents the plaintiffs. “Parents aren’t being told their options.” Too often, he said, English learners are wrongly classified as suffering from learning disabilities requiring special education.

A court filing signed by Ho, school district lawyers and the U.S. Justice Department, which monitors the program, said the district “has agreed to improve its identification, assessment, placement, instruction and reclassification” of English learners and to communicate better with their parents. If those goals are reached, supervision by the courts and the federal government would end in three years.