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Florida Consent Decree

Brief Summary of Florida's Education Consent Decree
by David McElveen on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of Florida Consent Decree

Florida's Consent Decree What You Need to Know The Consent Decree is the state of Florida's framework for compliance with the following federal and state laws and jurisprudence regarding the education of English language learner students:

Title VI and VII Civil Rights Act of 1964
Office of Civil Rights Memorandum (Standards for Title VI Compliance) of May 25, 1970
Requirements based on the Supreme Court decision in Lau v. Nichols, 1974
Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974
Requirements of the Vocational Education Guidelines, 1979
Requirements based on the Fifth Circuit court decision in Castañeda v. Pickard, 1981
Requirements based on the Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, 1982
Americans with Disabilities Act (PL 94-142)
Florida Education Equity Act, 1984
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

http://www.fldoe.org/aala/cdpage2.asp A summary presentation by David McElveen
EDU 341 Saint Leo University - Fall 2012 The Consent Decree addresses the civil rights of ELL students, ensuring equal access to all educational resources and programs. It did not create any new rights for Florida's ELL and ESOL students.

What does that mean?

Your child has a right to all the opportunities available to Florida's students. Each of the Florida Consent Decree's six sections address the various aspects of how it affects your child, the school system, and school employees. Section I - Identification and Assessment
Section II - Equal Access to Appropriate Programming
Section III - Equal Access to Appropriate Categorical and Other Programs for ELL Students
Section IV - Personnel
Section V - Monitoring Issues
Section VI - Outcome Measures Section I - Identification and Assessment
This section provides for the identification, placement, and monitoring of Florida's limited English proficiency students. This ensures your child is properly placed and their progress is monitored so that their needs can be met and their goals can be reached. Section II - Equal Access to Appropriate Programming
This section ensures that ELL students have both access to appropriate levels of instruction according to their level of English proficiency and levels of instruction equal to non-ELL's Your child will be taught at a level matching their English comprehension and given the same levels of instruction as English students. Section III - Equal Access to Appropriate Categorical and Other Programs for ELL Students
This section ensures that students are given support according to their level of academic progress As your child progresses through each academic level, they will be given the appropriate level of support. Section IV - Personnel
This section details training and certification standards for ESOL teachers This means your child will have a qualified and educated instructor who has met the high standards needed to become an ESOL teacher. Section V - Monitoring Issues
The Office of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA), Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education is responsible for monitoring each school district to make sure they are in compliance with the Consent Decree SALA provides the needed oversight of Florida's school districts to provide your child with the proper learning environment Section VI - Outcome Measures
This section ensures that the Florida Department of Education creates an evaluation system to address equal access and program effectiveness By collecting data and reporting on the progress of Florida's ESOL students, we can ensure that our ESOL programs are effective and efficient Florida's Consent Decree ensures that all of Florida's ESOL / ELL students have equal education opportunities and that Florida's schools and teachers provide the best service they possibly can to your children. All information and data herein is courtesy of the Florida Department of Education. All images and graphics are taken from Prezi (www.prezi.com)
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