Oct 2, 2012 8:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Denver schools reach new plan for English learners

DENVER (AP) - Denver Public Schools has settled on a new roadmap for helping students who aren't native English speakers overcome language barriers and fully participate in school.

Federal prosecutors and the Congress of Hispanic Educators had expressed concerns about whether the school district was living up to a 1999 court order outlining steps it would take to adequately serve English language learners as required under federal law.

Prosecutors said Monday the district has agreed to a proposed consent decree requiring steps including implementing comprehensive measures for identifying and monitoring students who need help; translation services for parents who speak limited English; and tailored services for English language learners with disabilities or who are refugees. Help also must be offered in the district's charter schools.

A judge must approve the consent decree.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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