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¡Adelante! Moving Forward!

A Guide to Empower Parents of English Learners to Advocate for their Children

A joint project of MAEC & the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

In 2010, approximately five million students in the United States were identified as English Learners (ELs). These students have different levels of English proficiency and number of years of formal education. While this growing number of ELs represents a considerable challenge, it is the responsibility of schools to ensure that ELs have equal access to quality education that enables them to progress academically while learning English.

Currently there is a substantial body of legislation, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which protects the rights of these students. Unfortunately, many parents of ELs are not aware of these laws and therefore cannot advocate for their children. ¡Adelante! Moving Forward! A Guide to Empower Parents of ELs to Advocate for their Children is designed as an informational training tool to provide trainers of immigrant parents and parent leaders with user friendly and accessible information regarding the legal responsibilities of educational agencies serving ELs and the rights of parents of ELs.

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