ERIC Number: ED214295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Lau vs. Nichols Implementation Study within the Alhambra City School District.
Johnson, Charles F., Jr.
In 1976, two California school districts, the Alhambra City School District (for elementary students) and the Alhambra High School District, were cited for noncompliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lau v. Nichols, which requires public schools to teach non- and limited-English speakers in their own languages while they learn English. This report discusses the Lau decision, describes the districts' response to the federal citation, and evaluates the programs implemented. The author draws on statistical and documentary data and on interviews with district educators, professional specialists, and program committee members. Following a lengthy discussion of the Lau case, the report presents a detailed chronology of the districts' development of their bilingual programs, from March 1976 to June 1977. Program implementation for the districts' Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese speakers is described. Criticisms of the programs revealed in a survey of 52 district teachers are noted. The author also quotes the current evaluations, which commend the programs highly. Among the author's conclusions are recommendations that bilingual teachers not participating in the programs be given incentives to do so and that all teachers be informed more fully about the programs. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Lau v Nichols