The Importance of Educational Improvements in California Schools

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The Importance of Educational Improvements in California Schools “The competitiveness of Americans in this global market is coming to depend …on the functions that Americans perform—the value they add—within the global economy.” United States citizens devote a significant portion of their incomes to educate future generations through the taxes they pay, and the resultant expenditures of federal, state, and local governments on education. As the epigraph of this essay suggests active participation in a competitive global economy will be required of future tax payers, if we (the people of California) desire to create an environment in our state in which individuals can continue to pursue personal, public, and economic growth.…show more content…
Constitution forbids states to deny any person the equal protection of the law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of students’ minority language status. The OCR memorandum of 25 May 1970 requires school districts to take affirmative steps to rectify language deficiencies in order to “open instructional programs to all students.” Furthermore, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 requires districts to take “appropriate action” to educate English learners. In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lau vs. Nichols that the San Francisco school system violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by “denying non-English speaking students of Chinese ancestry a meaningful opportunity to participate in the public educational program.” The decision stated measures must be taken to ensure that English is taught to students who do not speak English or have limited-English proficiency (LEP) in order to provide equal access to educational opportunities. In a unanimous ruling the court said, “The failure of the San Francisco school system to provide English language instruction to approximately 1,800 students of Chinese ancestry who do not speak English, or to provide them with other adequate instructional procedures, denies them a meaningful opportunity to participate in the public educational program, and thus violates § 601 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination
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