Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Advocates Threaten to Sue For English Learning Students Denied Instruction
Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center have sent a letter to California Superintendent Tom Torlakson, threatening a lawsuit if California doesn't start meeting its obligation to teach English to more than 20,000 English Learning students across the state. The legal advocates say that about a quarter of counties across the state, with the highest numbers in Los Angeles County, are violating state and federal law by not providing services to help struggling, non-native speakers learn English. Pacifica's Dan Fritz files this report from Los Angeles.