The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. The guidance, fact sheets, and other resources (including translated versions of the guidance and fact sheets) are available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellresources.html.
Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents
The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.
The following materials include information for students and parents, OCR guidance and resources for education officials about their obligations to EL students and LEP parents, and added resources with related information.
For Students and Parents
For Education Officials
U.S. Department of Education Resources
U.S. Department of Education Funded Resources and Partnerships
- LEP.gov (federal interagency website on limited English proficiency)
- U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division