ACLU: California Schools are Failing English Language Learners

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As many as 20,000 public school students in California aren't getting the services they need to learn English, according to an ACLU lawsuit set for a hearing next month. The suit alleges that students in 251 districts received no language services at all, despite state and local funding for such programs. The suit also claims that the state failed to investigate or fix the problem.


David Sapp, attorney and director of education advocacy for the ACLU of Southern California

Charla Bear, reporter for KQED

Pat Saddler, director of programs and special projects at Berkeley Unified School District