In September, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. took the bus to the administration`s latest back to school bus (go.usa.gov/xKzgT), titled «Opportunity Across America» in the Southeastern United States. Over the past five days, Secretary King and senior officials held 13 events in 11 cities and 6 states to discuss a wide range of topics, including language access, class diversity, access to education and school discipline. In addition, senior ministry officials travelled across the country (go.usa.gov/xKzgD) for similar events. The tour`s website (go.usa.gov/xKzgj) has many stories, images and videos that tell the story of the tour, and the department has published on the social journalism blog medium, a series of fact sheets that highlight the nation`s progress in education over the past eight years. The fact sheets containing infographics cover: in this case concerning the public school system in Worcester, Massachusetts, the section conducted an audit to determine whether the District was providing appropriate training and services to English speakers («ELL») in accordance with the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 («EEOA»). After finding that the school district does not meet the requirements of the EEOA, the United States entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement with the school district on January 26, 2009. As part of this agreement, the school district has stated that it is prepared, among other things, to take the following steps to establish registration and identification protocols; Training teachers and admissions staff to properly capture data for follow-up; Ensure appropriate and appropriate ELL services in a timely manner Provide translation services to parents and legal guardians, train ELL teachers, provide appropriate materials for ELL classes, ensure that special education students are not denied appropriate ELL services, and supervise current and decommissioned ells. On August 24, the OCR reached a resolution with the Lodi Unified School District in Lodi, California, to end the discriminatory racist effects of the district`s discipline policy and allay fears that it discriminated more severely against black students than white students. In that case, which involved the Martin Luther King School of Excellence («the School»), the United States Section and The Public Prosecution Service verified, for Massachusetts, whether the school had adequately served its English-learning (EL) students, including the al-disabled, in accordance with Section 1703 (f) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1974 (EEOA). On March 10, 2020, the school and the United States entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement to address the problems identified by the United States and to ensure that the school complies with Section 1703 (f) of the EEA eOO.
The agreement provides, among other things, that the school provides all EL students – who make up nearly a quarter of the school`s population – with a sufficient amount of daily English as a second language (ESL) by an ESL-certified teacher; Active recruitment of qualified and certified staff for DEEE, basic and special education services; Ensure that all LLs with disabilities receive school and special services, unless their parents/facilitators voluntarily and knowingly forego one or both services; Training of specialized teachers and ESL-certified teachers working with EL students with disabilities to provide services to EL with disabilities; communicate with parents with low English skills about essential school information in a language they understand; and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the EL program over time.