Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education provides information for students and parents, and OCR guidance and resources for education officials about their obligations to EL students and Limited Emglish Proficient parents, and added resources with related information. Click the go to website link to learn more.