The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

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The memorandum was issued to districts with more than 5% national origin-minority group children. This memorandum had several areas of concerns that needed to be addressed by schools. The memorandum has impacted how educational systems are run up to today. Kansas City Public School students receive the benefits of this memorandum on a daily basis.
The May 25th Memorandum clarified school districts responsibilities concerning language minority students. The memorandum stated: “Where inability to speak and understand the English language excludes national origin minority-group children from effective participation in the educational program offered by a school district, the district must take affirmative steps to rectify the language deficiency in order to open its instructional program to these students.” (Smith, 1990)
The first major component of the memorandum stated that “the district must take affirmative steps to rectify the language deficiency in order to open its instructional program to these students.” ("Developing ELL Programs: HEW Memorandum, 1970) The next component indicates that language minority students could not be assigned “classes for the mentally retarded on the basis of criteria which essentially measure or evaluate English language skills” or that these…
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