Districts and nonpublic schools must keep an updated, accurate, and compliant Lau Plan on file and available for review upon request by the Department, but are not required to submit the plan to the Department annually via CASA or by any other means.

The Lau Plan is named from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1974 decision in Lau v. Nichols to ensure that all students have equal access and that identical education does not constitute equal education under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Keep in mind, this is a working document and districts will want to keep their plan updated with current district practices and procedures as well as changes in requirements.

The Iowa Department of Education has provided the Lau Plan directions document to support districts.

Additional resources:

Department of Education website (Office of English Language Acquisition)

Dear Colleague Letter – On January 7, 2015, the Departments of Education and Justice issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) which outlined legal obligations to English Learners under civil rights laws.  The Toolkit (listed below) assists agencies in fulfilling these obligations.

English Learner Toolkit for State and Local Education Agencies (US Department of Education)

Iowa Department of Education, EL website

Developing Programs for ELs: Plan Development (OCR)

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