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6167 Limited English Proficiency

Adoption Date: 03/19/1991 Revised: 05/15/2007
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6167 Limited English Proficiency
Regulation Info: 6167R |

The Board of Education believes that students, who, by reason of foreign birth or ancestry, have limited English proficiency, will be more effective learners of both the language and the curriculum if they receive instruction in English as a Second Language. The School District will, therefore, make every effort to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students are provided with an appropriate program of free-standing English as a Second Language.

Pursuant to this policy and the regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the Superintendent of Schools shall develop administrative regulations to ensure that LEP students are:

  1. Diagnostically screened for limited English proficiency at the earliest possible age, in accordance with Part 117 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. Those students who, according to their scores, are identified as LEP will be annually evaluated. Included in the evaluation shall be each student’s performance in content areas to measure academic progress;

  2. Assured of access to appropriate instructional and support services, including guidance programs; and

  3. Assured of having equal opportunities to participate in all school programs and extracurricular activities as non-LEP students.

The Superintendent of Schools shall be responsible for ensuring that the State Education Department is provided with all information required under the Commissioner’s Regulations and that the School District provides appropriate school-related information to the parents/guardians of LEP students in English or, when necessary, in the language they understand.  In addition, the Superintendent of Schools shall ensure that all teachers employed for any English as a Second Language program are properly certified in accordance with the Commissioner’s Regulations

Policy References:
Education Law §3204
Bilingual Education Act of 1974, §§701 et seq., 20 U.S.C. §§880b et seq. 
Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1 974, § §201 et seq.,
20 U.S.C. §§1701 et seq.
8 NYCRR §§ 80.9; 80.10; 117; 154 et seq.
Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974)
Rios v. Read, 480 F. Supp. 14 (1978)
Cintron v. Brent wood UFSD, 455 F. Supp 57 (1978)
Aspira of New York v. Board of Educ. (City of New York),
394 F. Supp. 1161 (1974)