ERIC Number: ED257922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Rights of Limited English Proficient Students under Federal Law--A Guide for School Administrators.
Roos, Peter D.
Guidance is provided in question and answer format on the common themes running through court opinions, Federal laws and regulations, State laws and regulations, and interpretations concerning the rights of limited English Proficient (LEP) students. First, the legally acceptable, common procedure for identifying LEP pupils is described as entailing the assessment of parent responses to a Home Language Survey and the subsequent testing of students' oral reading and writing skills. Second, the minimal standards for LEP assistance are detailed, in terms of teachers' qualifications and the time spent with the pupil. Third, while bilingual instruction is not mandatory under Federal legislation, the legally and educationally safe posture is said to be the offering of bilingual instruction. Fourth, the minimal standards of a bilingual program are described as (1) a bilingual teacher, (2) teacher assessment, and (3) provision of material resources. Fifth, the standards for the removal of a student from a program are outlined. Sixth, every district is said to be required to monitor the program and make reasonable adjustments as well as monitor the progress of students while they are in the program and after they have left it. Seventh, it is held that a district may not deny a student services because there are few students in the district who speak his or her language. (RDN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.