English-Language Learners A National Roundup

Somali Students in Minn. Allege Mistreatment By Alternative School

By Mary Ann Zehr — September 27, 2005 1 min read

Thirteen Somali youths have filed a lawsuit alleging that an alternative school holding a contract with the Minneapolis school district violated state and federal laws by discriminating against them.

“You won’t see this stuff outside of Charles Dickens,” said Daniel Shulman, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “They are just warehousing these people until they are too old to be in the system.”

The lawsuit, filed Sept. 20 in the federal district court in Minneapolis, alleges that Abraham Lincoln High School, now called Lincoln International High School, failed to appropriately help the students learn English, didn’t properly evaluate them to see if they had disabilities, and misinformed them about graduation requirements.

An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Education found some of those allegations to be true, according to the lawsuit.

Joel Gibson, the executive director for the Institute for New Americans, which runs the 226-student school, said the school had already made some changes to respond to the allegations, first made public by the students in February.

It’s not true, Mr. Gibson said, that students weren’t well informed of their graduation status. At the end of each semester, they get a sheet telling them where they stand, he said.

A version of this article appeared in the September 28, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by Learning.com
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Bilingualism and Remote Learning
In this Spotlight, discover how educators are remotely assessing English-learners and more.
English-Language Learners How Will Schools Teach English-Language Learners This Fall?
A new database offers a state-by-state look at guidance on supporting English-learner students and their families amid the global pandemic.
2 min read
English-Language Learners Spanish-Speaking Students Need Support. A New Podcast May Help
Por Nuestros Niños, an education-focused Spanish-language radio show and podcast, could help families navigate an uncertain return to school.
4 min read
English-Language Learners Spotlight Spotlight on Dual-Language Learning
In this Spotlight, discover how schools and districts are keeping English-language learners connected during school closures and more.