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Declaration of Rights for Parents of English Language Learners

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new interactive Declaration of Rights Web site to inform parents of English Language Learners about No Child Left Behind and their rights under this historic law. Under No Child Left Behind, parents of English language learners can expect:

  1. To have their child receive a quality education and be taught by a highly qualified teacher.

  2. To have their child learn English and other subjects such as reading and other language arts and mathematics at the same academic level as all other students.

  3. To know if their child has been identified and recommended for placement in an English language acquisition program, and to accept or refuse such placement.

  4. To choose a different English language acquisition program for their child, if one is available.

  5. To transfer their child to another school if his or her school is identified as "in need of improvement."

  6. To apply for supplemental services, such as tutoring, for their child if his or her school is identified as "in need of improvement" for two years.

  7. To have their child tested annually to assess his or her progress in English language acquisition.

  8. To receive information regarding their child's performance on academic tests.

  9. To have their child taught with programs that are scientifically proven to work.

  10. To have the opportunity for their child to reach his or her greatest academic potential.

The Declaration of Rights Web site is available at

To order copies of the Declaration of Rights for your family, school, faith-based organization or community, please call the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827).


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