ERIC Number: ED257923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Handicapped, Limited English Proficient Student: A School District's Obligation.
Roos, Peter D.
This paper, in a question and answer format, discusses a school district's obligation to handicapped, limited English Proficient (LEP) students, in relation to the following Federal laws and regulations: (1) the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142), (2) the Administrative Regulations of the Act; (3) Civil Rights Law 504 and the 504 Regulations; (4) Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; and (6) the Equal Education Act of 1974. First, it is pointed out that Federal law has priority over conflicting or less protective State law. Second, relationships among the above-listed authorities are outlined. Third, the local education agencies' obligation to locate handicapped LEP students is discussed. Fourth, the requirement that tests and evaluations of students for the purpose of placement be conducted in the students' primary language is made clear. Fifth, the emphasis of the law that placement teams should include persons fluent in the child's language and, in addition, that social and cultural background be evaluated is explained. Sixth, steps to be taken at the evaluation and placement stage to address the language of non-English speaking parents are indicated. Seventh, accomodations required for non-English speaking parents at placement meetings are articulated. Finally, it is explained that a program offered to a student must be altered to address the fact that he or she is limited English proficient. (RDN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
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