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National laws and policies often affect the challenges faced or opportunities created in your community. The following laws and policies about education and ESL may inspire insight, understanding or change through community activism.


Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002
Also known as The No Child Left Behind Act, funds bilingual/ESL programs and professional development grants for colleges of education and teachers serving LEP students.


Improving Federal Access to Limited English Proficient Individuals: Executive Order 13166
In August 2000, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13166, “Improving Federal Access to Limited English Proficient Individuals.” The Order requires Federal agencies to develop and implement a plan to provide services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP) to ensure meaningful access to programs and activities conducted by those agencies.


Workforce Investment Act of 1998
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II: the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) provides funds to state adult education agencies which then make funding available to local programs through the state-administered grant system for ESL programs.


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Students enrolled in U.S. public schools whose first language is one other than English are considered language minorities and are protected by several federal laws. First and foremost, they enjoy equal protection as afforded under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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