November 25, 2012

Denver Public Schools Reach Agreement for Teaching English Language Learners


DPS, plaintiffs now speak same language on modified consent decree
By Kevin Simpson
November 15, 2012

The controversial, court-ordered plan for serving English-language learners in Denver Public Schools has undergone its first overhaul since 1999 — with what all parties call unprecedented cooperation.

If approved by a federal judge, the modified consent decree will mandate several new standards for teaching more than 36,000 students as they work toward English proficiency while also mastering academic content.

The proposed modifications, to be phased in over three years, include improvements to teacher training, student placement and exit procedures, parent communication and oversight — including a study of the program's effectiveness to be completed by 2015.

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