This two-part post will examine the way the Denver Public Schools district meets the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). My emphasis will be the Southwest region. Numerous important rulings shaped the current state of English Language Services in DPS. For more information beyond this brief overview, look here.
Castañeda v. Pickard (1981)
The outcome of this federal case mandated a three-pronged test to keep schools accountable to meeting the needs of ELLs.
Keyes v. School District No. 1(1983)
According to the U.S. District Court, Denver Public Schools fell short of fully meeting the second prong of the Castañeda standard by not effectively implementing a plan for ELLS. As a result, DPS was now responsible for proving that language programs were not intentionally segregated. This shifted the responsibility away from students and families. DPS
Denver Modified Consent Decree 2012
The most recent version of the Consent Decree details precisely how DPS will provide the 40% of its population classified as ELLs with adequate English Language Acquisition programs (Poppen).
Where We Are Today
What does this all mean for DPS educators, particularly those in Southwest Denver? In my next post, I’ll elaborate on how these rulings affect the students and teachers at charter networks such as STRIVE.
"Landmark Court Rulings Regarding English Language Learners | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado." Colorín Colorado. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2014. <http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/49704/>.
Wright, W. E. (2010). Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice. Excerpt from Chapter 3, "Language and Education Policy for ELLs." (pp. 70-76). © Caslon Publishing.
Poppen, Julie. "Judge OKs plan for Denver English learners." Chalkbeat Colorado Judge OKs plan for Denver English learners Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2014. <http://co.chalkbeat.org/2013/04/15/judge-oks-revised-plan-for-denvers-english-learners/#.U5uFMPnqnIU>.
Poppen, Julie. "Plan for DPS English language learners delayed." Chalkbeat Colorado Plan for DPS English language learners delayed Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2014. <http://co.chalkbeat.org/2013/01/25/plan-for-dps-english-language-learners-delayed/#.U5uSZfnqnIU>.