Parental Rights in English Language Learning
LSR 24-2483 relative to authorizing parents to remove children from the English Language Learner Program.
- Currently a parent must petition the state Board of Education to remove their child from the English Language Learner program, even if the child was added by a parent mistakenly writing their own first language as something other than English when asked for their child’s first language.
- The main way to exit the ELL program is through a computerized test, and not all students are comfortable with this format or the need to speak through a microphone headset in a computer testing lab.
- This bill would allow a parent to remove their child from the ELL program, and put the burden of appeal on the school rather than the parent.
- It also automatically removes students who have not received services in 3 years from the program.