The Los Angeles Unified School District is failing to provide equal education to students learning English, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
About 195,000 students – 29 percent of the district’s K-12 enrollment – fall through the cracks in the nation’s second-largest school district. LAUSD has the largest concentration of English learners, most of whom are Spanish speakers, in the United States.
The situation of English learners in LA underscores a decades-long national trend.
“What happens in LA really does set trends for across the nation. More and more school districts are dealing with this challenge,” Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education, told the Los Angeles Times.