Pennsylvania

The Latest: ACLU: Immigrant education pact will be 'strong'

The Latest on a Pennsylvania school district's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union on educating older immigrant students (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

A Pennsylvania school district and the American Civil Liberties Union have reached a settlement on the education of older immigrant students who speak little or no English.

The agreement, approved Tuesday night by the school board in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ends a lawsuit filed in August by the ACLU. Civil rights lawyers had contended older refugee and immigrant students were being steered to alternative high schools.

The agreement allows the district to continue operating an accelerated academy for the older students. It also permits students with little or no English proficiency to begin their educations in a district high school and progress to a small learning setting or transfer to the accelerated program.

The ACLU says the agreement "extends the guarantee of a strong and appropriate education" to older immigrant students in Lancaster.

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9:50 p.m.

The Lancaster School District has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over the education of older immigrant students who speak little or no English.

The agreement was approved Tuesday by the school board. It ends a lawsuit filed in August by the ACLU, which contended older refugee and immigrant students were being steered to alternative high schools.

The agreement allows the district to continue operating an accelerated academy for older students who don't have enough high school credits to graduate before turning 21. Students 17-21 with little or no English also will have the option of attending a district high school. Those with no English proficiency will begin in a newcomer program. They can then progress to a small learning setting or transfer to the accelerated program.

The ACLU couldn't be reached for comment.