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IHBEA - Programs for English Learners (EL's)

Book: I

Section: Instruction

Title: Programs for English Learners (EL's)


Status: Active

Adopted: January 24, 1966

Last Revised: February 4, 2020

Prior Revised Dates: 5/4/2005



To provide equal educational opportunity for all students, Portland Public Schools shall provide appropriate programs for students who are English Learners to assist them in attaining English proficiency and meeting state and local academic achievement standards in compliance with applicable federal and state requirements. Portland Public Schools shall also provide opportunities for parent involvement in their children’s education, as required by federal law.


To accomplish these goals, Portland Public Schools has developed and implemented a plan to meet the needs of such students, in accordance with state and federal requirements, Portland Public Schools’ Lau Plan includes the procedural requirements and services to be provided to English Learners, including identification, assessment, placement in appropriate programming, exit from EL Services, and monitoring of student progress.


The Superintendent has overall responsibility for implementing the Lau Plan and delegates specific responsibilities to the Director of Language Development, the Office of Multilingual and Multicultural Programs, and to others as deemed appropriate.



20-A MRSA § 4701

20 U.S.C. §§ 6312; 6801 et seq.

Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

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