The Lau v. Nichols U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1974 defined the right of emergent bilingual students to equal access to a meaningful education. IDRA founder Dr. José Cárdenas testified in the case and then assisted the Office for Civil Rights in the development of the Lau Remedies, the first guide for schools about serving emergent bilingual students. Throughout 2024, IDRA will honor the ruling’s anniversary, its impact for students and what it means for today.
IDRA co-hosted a commemorative webinar via Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies. Celina Moreno, J.D., IDRA President & CEO, spoke alongside the Lau plaintiff lawyer, school superintendents, policy experts and academics. They discussed the policy and practice implications of the ruling through to today.
Co-Sponsors: CABE • Californians Together • Center for Equity & Biliteracy in Education Research at San Diego State University • Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University • Children´s Equity Project at Arizona State University • IDRA • NABE
Introduction and Keynote
Moderator/Organizer: Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, Senior Research Fellow, Claremont Graduate University
Welcome: DeLacy Ganley, Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University
Keynote: Monserrat Garibay, U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
Panel 1 Legislation and Policy: Advocating for Equitable Access to Multilingual Education (1hr)
Martha Hernandez, Executive Director, Californians Together
Shantel Meek, Founding Director of the Children´s Equity Project and Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
Celina Moreno, President and CEO, IDRA
Patricia Morita-Mullaney, Associate Professor, Purdue University
Edward Steinman, Lau Plaintiff Lawyer and retired law Professor, Santa Clara University Law School
Discussant: Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor Emeritus, Stanford University