Know Your Rights: English Language Learner Resource Requirements

The Campaign for Educational Equity undertook an extensive research project on educational inadequacies in high-need schools around the state and published findings about widespread violations of students’ educational rights. This brief, part of a series, explains the rights of English language learners in New York schools and summarizes our key findings in this area.
New York Requirements for Resources for English Language Learners The New York State constitution entitles all students to the "opportunity for a sound basic education." This means, among other things, that all schools must have adequate resources to meet the needs of students who are not yet proficient in English. English language learners (ELLs), also sometimes known as "limited English proficient" (LEP) students, must receive equal access to all school programs, including extracurricular activities, and services offered by the school district and be given the opportunity to achieve the same educational goals and meet the same standards as the general student population (Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154).