Fact Sheet: English Learners

Students who do not speak English as a first language are a growing population in schools across the United States. In fact, according to the National Center for Bilingual Education, by 2030 English Learners (ELs) will comprise over 40% of all elementary and secondary school students. There are two significant federal laws that protect the rights of these students, ensure that they are not discriminated against and that they receive the best and most appropriate public education possible. This fact sheet is an overview of the federal policies and rights that pertain to the significant, diverse and growing EL population, including information about what parents of ELs need to know: