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vs. Nichols 1973
Supreme Court ruled that the San Francisco school system violated
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying non-English speaking students
of Chinese ancestry a meaningful opportunity to participate in
the public school system.
- The decision stated that providing students the same desks,
books, teachers and curriculum did not ensure that they had equal
educational opportunity, particularly if the students did not
speak English. If English is the mainstream language of instruction,
then measures have to be taken to ensure that instruction is adapted
to address those children's linguistic characteristics (Lau v.
Nichols, 414 U.S. 563, 94 S. Ct. 786, 1974).
Learner KnowledgeBase. (Norman, Ok.: Region VII Comprehensive Center;
Indianapolis, Ind.: Northrop Grumman Information Technology, 2004).
(Washington, D.C.: Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, 2002). http://www.civilrights.org/library/civilrights101/desegregation.html