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Mon August 20, 2012
Dinuba Unified, ACLU Settle Suit
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Dinuba Unified School District have settled a lawsuit over a controversial education program for English language learners.
The suit alleged that the district’s Second Language Acquisition Development Instruction program led to some first and second-grade students falling behind their peers.
The program emphasized grammar, spelling and sentence structure. Critics said the program didn’t expose students to literature and vocabulary.
As part of the settlement, the District has agreed to replace the program and will pay $142,000 in legal fees.