What is the Consent Decree?
In April 2013, Denver Public Schools began implementing a newly-revised and approved consent decree that will improve English language learner (ELL) instruction to better serve Denver’s students. The Federal District Court’s approval and entering of the consent decree, which reflects updates to the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 and the English-Language Acquisition (ELA) Court Order, will support DPS’s commitment to continue to implement the strategies it has developed to improve its English Language Acquisition (ELA) program and meet updated requirements set forth by the U.S. District Court.
The consent decree supports and guides DPS’s ELA team in its efforts to use efficient and effective techniques to provide students with the English language skills they need to meaningfully and equally participate in mainstream English learning instructional programs. ELA is designed to enable ELLs to perform at grade level, reach their full potential, and be on track to graduate from high school prepared for success in college and career.
Video: The Denver Context
This presentation outlines the history and context of the DPS ELA program and the civil rights context that led to the adoption of the Consent Decree. Click the video to view.