ERIC Number: ED189730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
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Title VII ESEA and "Lau v. Nichols" Compliance: Towards an Articulated Approach. Draft.
Gonzalez, Josue M.
The Supreme Court's decision in "Lau v. Nichols," Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and other related federal legislation are all directed toward promotion of equal educational opportunity for children whose primary language is not English. These efforts are not well-coordinated by the federal agencies charged with overseeing bilingual educational opportunity programs, which are rarely either well-defined or well-monitored. A coordinated effort must be structured and jurisdiction assigned to appropriate agencies before the final details of an articulated program of cooperation can be worked out. First, funding sources should be connected under a single official, so that the various efforts are no longer seen as mere additions to other programs. Second, funding eligibility criteria relating to the "Lau" decision should be developed for districts seeking Title VII funds. Third, some requirements for receiving funds should be placed on the states. Fourth, federally funded bilingual resource centers should be more closely regulated and coordinated. Finally, clear, definitive guidelines for compliance with the "Lau" decision, taking into account types of assistance available, should be established and resources for monitoring and enforcement provided. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII; Lau v Nichols