Bilingual Education Persuasive Essay

991 WordsOct 16, 20174 Pages
Over the last decade or so, important legislation has been implemented to positively ensure fair and equal access to a quality education for English Language Learners (ELL). Change did not happen without there being obstacles to overcome. There were many overturned cases that initially sought to strip English Language Learners of their basic rights to an education. Yet, there would eventually be legislation instituted to help alter the course. Early court cases, provide examples of abject inconsideration, injustice, and racial discrimination imposed on those in need of specific education services, like the Non-English speaking students. In a 1923 case, Myers v. Nebraska, justices struck down a law that barred foreign languages from…show more content…
A case that was significant in laying groundwork for legal charges against racial segregation, like in the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education, was the case of Mendez v. Westminster, 1947. In this case, a court upheld a previous district’s ruling which struck down the segregation of Mexican (to include Mexican-American) students. At the time, the basis for segregating the students was due to their deficiencies in English. It was further concluded, to be “a violation of the due-process and equal-protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment”. This was also the first federal case to declare segregation in K-12 education illegal. The last case example, is the case of Flores v. Arizona, of 2008. The court ruled for Arizona to comply with a federal court’s decision in which, they are to fund instruction for ELL. While earlier rulings and legislation sought to address and improve on educational programs for ELLs, it simply wasn’t enough. In 2015, we would become witness to laws under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), formerly No Child Left Behind, which attempted to pave a road to a higher quality of education for ALL students. ESSA attempted to provide basic elements of accountability that did not exist before. Since
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