Know Your Educational Rights: English Language Learners

Under New York State law, all English language learners (ELLs) have a right to the resources, services, and supports they need to be able to achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standards as the general student population.

ImageTo help parents, educators, students, and advocates understand exactly what this means, CEE is pleased to announce the release of Know Your Rights: English Language Learner Resource Requirements/Conozcan Sus Derechos: Estudiantes Que Aprenden Inglés –  Recursos RequeridosThis user-friendly brief describes the rights of ELLs and the specific services and supports that all New York schools must be able to provide for these students. The handout also details our findings of ELL-related resource deficiencies in a study of 33 high-need schools throughout the state.Recently, at the NYC Department of Education’s 11th Annual English Language Learner Parent Conference, hundreds of parents got a preview of these handouts. (View the photos on our Facebook page here!)

Our goal with this and the other handouts in our Know Your Educational Rights series is to empower parents, students, educators, and other stakeholders to make sure that students actually receive the services and supports to which they are entitled. But this will happen only if people know about them.

Please help share these handouts widely by sharing this link on Facebook and Twitter, and printing copies to hand out at community meetings. Thank you in advance for your partnership and for your ongoing commitment to New York’s young people.

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