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"Where inability to speak and understand the English language excludes national origin-minority group children from effective participation in the educational program offered by a school district, the district must take affirmative steps to rectify the language deficiency in order to open its instructional program to these students."

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From the OCR May 25, 1970 Memorandum

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    Note : The phrases "limited-English proficient" and "English-language learner," and their respective acronyms, "LEP" and "ELL," are similar in meaning. Both terms are used by the Office for Civil Rights.

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