U.S. Department of Education Senior Official to Discuss Equal Access for English Learners at National Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference

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Libia Gil, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, will give remarks at the National Association for Bilingual Education annual conference on Thursday, March 5, in Las Vegas. During the session titled “Preparing All Students for College and Career:  Implications for English Learners,” Gil will provide a national perspective on English Learner students and highlight the guidance issued last year by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice. The guidance reminded states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that students who are English learners have equal access to a high-quality education. In addition, a toolkit to support the guidance implementation will be reviewed.

Gil also will discuss the need to replace the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known as the No Child Left Behind Act—with a law that delivers on the promise of equity and real opportunity for every child. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called on Congress to create a bipartisan law that gives teachers and principals the resources they need, expands high-quality preschool for families and supports schools and districts in creating innovative solutions to problems that translate into better outcomes for students. To read a speech Duncan gave earlier this year on the reauthorization of ESEA and the need for equal opportunity in education for all students, click here.