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Congress Pushes Back on Plan From DeVos to Scrap ELL Office

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Democratic members of Congress are pushing back against a proposal from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that would scrap the federal office that guides education policy and practice for millions of English-language-learner and immigrant students.

An estimated 5 million English-learners attend public schools in the United States, and their advocates have concerns that the proposal would undermine efforts to improve education for an already underserved group.

"Maintaining a separate office that addresses the unique needs of English-learners is also necessary to meet obligations under the landmark Supreme Court case Lau v. Nichols that ensures equal access to education for the country's ELs. Without a seat at the table, the needs of ELs are likely to be ignored," a May 24 letter to DeVos says.

Despite the concerns of Congress and advocacy groups, the department seems ready to forge ahead with plans to restructure the office.

Vol. 37, Issue 34, Page 4

Published in Print: June 6, 2018, as Congress Pushes Back on Plan From DeVos to Scrap ELL Office
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