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California Practitioners Guide for Educating English Language Learners with Disabilities, 2019, CA Dept. of Education
Question 12. Does G.L. c. 71A apply to students receiving special education services or accommodations for disabilities?
Under Section 4 of G.L. c. 71A, special educational programs for students with disabilities“shall be completely unaffected.” Therefore, services delivered according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan for students with disabilities are unaffected by the requirements of G.L. c. 71A.
If a student with disabilities has an IEP or a 504 Plan that requires instruction to be provided to the student in a language other than English, then the district must comply with the IEP or 504 plan in this regard, and no waiver is required.
Source: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING Chapter 71A: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, August 2003
Critical Questions on Bilingual Special Education
The following materials developed by MABE and presented at the MATSOL conference in 2012 were the result of a collaboration activity of the Dual Language Special Education Network.
Elizabeth Burr, Eric Haas, Karen Ferrie, (2015) Identifying and supporting English learner students with learning disabilities: Key issues in the literature and state practice, IES
RTI-Based SLD Indentification TOOLKIT Considerations for ELLs, by Claudia RInaldi, Samuel Ortiz and Sue GammThe Voices of Latino Families Raising Their Children with Special Needs, (2008) JOURNAL OF LATINOS AND EDUCATION, 7(3), 241–257