For now, Khadidja's story has a happy ending. The court granted the preliminary injunction in August, requiring that Khadidja and the other named plaintiffs be enrolled in the regular public high school with appropriate English-as-a-Second-Language support. Today she is enjoying school and rapidly increasing her English language skills.
But ELC is still on the case. The School District of Lancaster appealed the ruling to the Third Circuit, and our team presented oral argument in early December to defend the district court's order that the named plaintiffs have the right to attend the regular school and receive effective language services. Through Khadidja's case, we also seek to protect the rights of a larger class of immigrant students who are similarly discriminated against by the District.
Khadidja's case is like many others that ELC pursues every year on behalf of children across Pennsylvania who are denied access to quality public education. Each one highlights our commitment to fight for fairness, equal access, and quality public education for every child.
Now more than ever, ELC's legal advocacy work is needed to protect the educational rights of thousands of children, like Khadidja, across Pennsylvania.
I hope you will consider supporting ELC with a generous year-end gift to make our work possible.
I wish you all the best for the holiday season.
Deborah Gordon Klehr
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