ERIC Number: ED169652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Bilingual/Bicultural Education--Update of Lau v. Nichols.
de Bruin, Hendrik C.
This paper updates cases, legal concerns, and educational practices relating to bilingual/bicultural education since the case of Lau v. Nichols was decided. Lau v. Nichols was a class action suit in which it was argued that education had been denied to Chinese-speaking children because English was the only language spoken in the public schools in San Francisco. Some of the conclusions drawn include (1) parents who bring a class action suit against a school district to implement a bilingual education program, or to expand an existing program, should plead violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, not violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; (2) a suit should be brought only if large numbers of students are deprived of bilingual education; (3) school districts that have a bilingual program and can show that efforts are being made to increase the numbers of students involved will be relatively safe; and (4) achievement test data will substantially strengthen a case when it can be shown that minority students score lower than their nonminority counterparts. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Multicultural Education, Non English Speaking
Not available separately; See EA 011 530
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Lau v Nichols