Lau v Nichols

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Lau v Nichols

Lau v Nichols

What:The Immigration Act 1965 caused an influx of Chinese immigrants in California in the late 1960s.These students were not getting the full benefit of education because they could not understand English and there was no program to help them.Administrators didn't think they had the resources or responsibility to teach the students English.Lower courts ruled that the school district did not have the responsibility to teach the Chinese students English.The court case was taken up to the Supreme Court as a violation against the 14th amendment. The supreme ruled that the school district was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying that it is not equal treatment to treat non-English students just like the English students. They required that all school districts take action to help ELs learn English.

This case is important because judges decided it is discrimination to not teach EL's English. It required that the San Francisco school district take action to teach English to their Chinese students

Where and When: San Francisco Chinatown 1974

Who: a small Chinese first-grader and 1800 other Chinese immigrant students

"there is no equality of treatment merely by providing students with the same facilities, textbooks, teachers, and curriculum; for students who do not understand English are effectively foreclosed from any meaningful education"

Discrimination in Education


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