Under New York State law, all English language learners (ELLs) have a right to the resources, services, and support they need to be able to achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standards as the general student population. Many PA/PTAs help provide parents with information and resources they need to understand their children's rights and to advocate for the services and support their to which their entitled.
English Language Learners
AFC's Immigrant Students' Rights Project
Advocates for Children's Immigrant Students' Rights Project provides support to immigrant student and parents by representing them in school administrative hearings, helping parents enroll their children in effective English Language Learner (ELL) programs, and assisting older immigrant youth in finding appropriate school placements. In addition, it provide tools and information to parents on how to address problems in their children’s schools, and works to create stronger partnerships with their local schools to improve their school communities.
Campaign for Educational Equity’s Know Your Rights: English Language Learner Resource Requirements
The Campaign for Educational Equity, a nonprofit research and policy center at Teachers College, Columbia University, published a pamphlet, available in English and Spanish, describing the rights of ELLs and the specific services and supports that all New York schools must provide to these students.
Make the Road New York
Make the Road New York's Education Justice Project improves public schools for students and their families. It works to relieve public school overcrowding, expand college opportunities and support parents and students in claiming a bigger voice in their education.