Teaching English As A Second Language Essay

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With the rising amount of immigrants coming to the United States, all of which who speak a multitude of languages, conflicting beliefs and policies regarding language has greatly influenced legislation and judicial actions. (Diaz-Rico, 2014). Congress and the state and federal courts have supported bilingual education and provided legal protections for the rights of non-English- speaking students around the United States. However, according to the Florida Department of Education, the state of Florida was in need of the Consent decree in order to comply with the federal and state laws regarding the education of English language learners (ELL) or English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The laws included the Title VI and VII Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974, Americans with Disabilities Act, Florida Education Equity Act of 1984, and the Requirements based on the Supreme Court decision in Lau v. Nichols of 1974. The Florida Consent Decree has greatly impacted public education in Florida by allowing students who are learning English as a second language to have equal access to all educational programs.
Before the Consent Decree, Florida had no state policies regulating the school systems and few ELL accommodations were put into place. There was also a lack of identification and trained personnel. Due to the neglect and discrimination the ELL students were facing in Florida, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took the…

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