Joining Coachella Valley Unified School District, the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) and Californians Together jointly retained three major civil rights and education law firms to pursue a lawsuit against the State of California to enforce the provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act pertaining to the academic assessment of English Learners.
The signing of AB 1485 (Firebaugh) by Governor Davis on October 12, 2003 ensures that alternative bilingual programs receive full funding guaranteed by the federal government’s Reading First Program.
The State Board of Education approved instructional materials containing erroneous and offensive cultural references. The publisher, SRA/McGraw Hill apologizes, but errors result in 2-year delay in instruction tailored to English learners.
Parents of English learners are suing the Californian Department of Education over restricting the eligibility of bilingual classrooms to participate in the federally funded Reading First Program.
A demand letter was sent to the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Pubic Instruction to cease excluding bilingual classrooms from funding for the Reading First Program.