July 26, 2008

Judge orders Texas to revamp bilingual education


Associated Press

A federal judge has given the state of Texas until January to improve its education programs for secondary school students learning English as a second language.

The ruling issued Friday says the Texas Education Agency has failed the 140,000 Texas students who do not speak English as their native language.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, an organization that litigated the case, hailed the ruling from the Tyler-based Eastern District of Texas as the "most comprehensive legal decision concerning the civil rights of English language learners in the last 25 years."

MALDEF says primarily Spanish-speaking students in Texas have higher dropout rates, lower graduation rates and lower achievement rates than their English-speaking counterparts.

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