Victory! Lancaster Schools will settle case with ELC and ACLU, giving immigrant students access to appropriate education
A nine-month legal battle over the placement of newly-arrived older immigrant students, mostly refugees, in the School District of Lancaster is ending with a comprehensive settlement.
Maura McInerney, Senior Staff Attorney at ELC, said that the resolution is "
an important advancement for English language learners across the Commonwealth who have a right to an equal and meaningful education that supports them to effectively overcome language barriers."
The ACLU of Pennsylvania, Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, volunteer counsel from the law firm of Pepper Hamilton, and University of Pennsylvania law professor Seth Kreimer filed the federal civil rights, class-action lawsuit in July 2016 on behalf of six refugees from Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burma.