COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 65
September 26, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: General Assembly Appropriation for ESL Programs 

 
During the 1996 Session of the General Assembly, an amount of
$5.2 million was appropriated for the 1996-98 biennium to assist
school divisions with the educational needs of students who speak
English as a Second Language (ESL). Your specific allocation for
FY 1997-98 is posted on Attachment A at the top of the page.

We take this opportunity to reiterate Virginia's commitment to
provide meaningful instruction to all of its students, including
this segment of the at-risk population. Legal precedents clearly
call for local school divisions to accommodate students whose
native language is other than English in a manner whereby they
can profit from educational opportunities afforded them. 
Programs for students identified as Limited-English Proficient
(LEP) should include a means of identification, assessment and
placement in an appropriate education program. These state funds
come to you with the stipulation that they be used solely for ESL
services and activities.

We ask that you provide us with updated information regarding
your ESL program on Attachment A. Please forward this form by
October 17, 1997 to  David E. Cox, Foreign Language/ESL
Specialist, Office of Secondary Education. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Cox at [804] 225-2593.


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Attachment:    A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will
               be sent to the superintendent's office.