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October 2016

Lawsuit over ELLs’ access to mainstream education in the US

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Two American civil rights groups - the American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) and the Education Law Centre (ELC) - have filed a federal lawsuit against the School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania over English Language Learners’ (ELLs) access to mainstream education.

 ACLU and the ELC and law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP allege the School District refuses enrolment into public high schools to refugee students with limited English, placing them instead in a privately-run disciplinary institution. The plaintiffs include six refugees aged 17-21 from Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma. One of them, 17-year-old Khadidja Issa was reportedly told to ‘get a job’ when she applied to the regular high school.  Read more about the lawsuit filed against the School District of Lancaster here: http://articles.philly.com/2016-09-27/news/75523169_1_alternative-school-refugees-lancaster-schools and https://www.aclupa.org/our-work/legal/legaldocket/issa-v-school-district-lancaster/

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