Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo
California Department of Education News Release (with no CDE logo)
California Department of Education
News Release
Release: #13-14
January 23, 2013
Contact: Tina Jung
Phone: 916-319-0818

California Department of Education Responds to Questions About Instruction and Services to English Learners

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education's (CDE) English Learner Support Division Director, Dr. Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, issued the following statement regarding media reports of claims made by the American Civil Liberties Union about English-language instruction:

"Despite the enormous financial strains of recent years, California has made dramatic progress in seeing that all English learners receive appropriate instruction and services. School districts—which are responsible for providing instruction to students and appropriate services to English learners—currently report that more than 98 percent of the state's 1.4 million English learners are receiving services.

"The Department has yet to see or review the claims made today, although it is noteworthy that a previous action by some of the same parties was recently dismissed with no adverse finding against the CDE. Furthermore, a recent Court of Appeal decision affirmed that the Department and the State Superintendent had fulfilled their legal obligations related to on-site monitoring of English learners.

"The Department encourages any parents concerned about the instruction of their children to work with their local school district and, if necessary, make use of the Department's complaint process to resolve any concerns."

# # # #

Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Monday, February 1, 2016
Recently Posted in News Releases
  • Seal of Biliteracy Honor (added 23-Sep-2016)
    The California Department of Education received an award in Washington, D.C., recognizing the state as the national leader in the Seal of Biliteracy awarded to high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in more than one language.
  • 2016–17 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning (added 22-Sep-2016)
    State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announces California districts, schools chosen as 2016–17 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning.
  • Tom Torlakson Honors Latino Heritage Month (added 19-Sep-2016)
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson honors Latino Heritage Month.
  • California Department of Education Releases New In (added 19-Sep-2016)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) today released new information about the nearly 70,000 foster youth in the state’s public schools as part of a coordinated effort to assist these vulnerable and academically at-risk students.
  • New Career & College Transition Division Director (added 14-Sep-2016)
    State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints Donna Wyatt as Director of Career and College Transition Division.