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No Educator Left Behind:
LEP Students

No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.


Do parents of limited-English proficient students have any options under the No Child Left Behind Act?


Yes. NCLB requires local education agencies (LEA’s) to provide parental notification as to why a child is in need of placement in a language instruction educational program. Parents have the right to choose among instructional programs if more than one type of program is offered and have the right to immediately remove their child from a program for limited-English proficient children. LEA’s are also required to implement effective means for parental outreach to encourage parents to become informed and active participants in their child’s participation in a language instruction educational program.

Read previous questions and answers in our No Educator Left Behind archive.