Settlement reached to secure ESL services at Providence schools

By: Sarah E. Rooney

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The United States Attorney’s Office of Rhode Island announced Monday morning that a settlement has been reached which ensures that Providence schools will provide English Learning students with English language services.

As part of an investigation under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, the agreement mandates that Providence schools provide English Learner students with services related to learning the English language. The agreement also requires that the Providence School District monitor English language programs.

According to officials, Providence Schools offer educational opportunities to 8,000 students that lack English language fluency.

The agreement ensures that Providence schools identify English Learner students, provide English Learner students with adequate language services, communicate with the parents of English Learners, and monitor the effectiveness of English Learner programs.

The agreement also mandates that the services provided by Providence schools will also be available to English Learners with disabilities.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore stated the following about the settlement:

“The Department of Justice commends the district for cooperating throughout the investigation, and the Superintendent for his commitment to helping English Learner students succeed and thrive in school,” said Gore. ‘We look forward to working together to implement this promising settlement agreement.”

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