ELC stands with our refugee and immigrant families; Third Circuit victory allows older immigrant youth to attend school
Issa, et al., v. School District of Lancaster, a class action lawsuit ELC originally filed with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Pepper Hamilton LLP in July 2016, alleged that the School District of Lancaster violated the civil rights of older immigrant students under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA) by diverting them to an inferior, privately operated alternative school that failed to address their significant language needs. Yesterday, the Third Circuit affirmed the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's order granting a preliminary injunction directing the School District to immediately enroll and educate named student plaintiffs in the regular high school. The underlying case is ongoing. The ruling is significant because it establishes the Third Circuit's standard for evaluating EEOA claims asserted on behalf of English language learners and advances the educational rights of immigrant students.