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ACLU: ESL Students Segregated in School

Posted: May 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Dinuba Unified School District for reportedly segregating English-language learners from their peers and denying them access to an equal education. Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney with the ACLU, said this is the first lawsuit of its kind in the country to ask the state to take responsibility for the way English is being taught in schools.

The school district has been using the program Structured Language Acquisition Development Instruction, in which Latino and immigrant students who don't speak English are removed from class for several hours a day to learn English. But according to the ACLU, the students are not learning to communicate or read in English, and they are not given access to the complete curriculum required in California. They are also segregated from the rest of their classmates, according to the lawsuit.

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