20,000 students sue Calif. educators over English

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren't getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit against the state and education workers filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Attorney Mark Rosenbaum said in Wednesday's filing that English learners are falling behind without proper language lessons, even as school districts collect federal funds specifically for that purpose.

Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Zeiger says the state is determined to provide English learners appropriate instruction.

The suit seeks a court order for schools to provide courses to English learners who need them, attorney's fees for filing the suit and unspecified further equitable relief the court finds appropriate.

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