Lau v. Nichols, a landmark in civil rights for the education of students

On January 21, 1974, the US Supreme Court decided on the case Lau v. Nichols, a landmark in civil rights for the education of students.  The Chinese American community in San Francisco argued that since their students with limited English skills were not receiving meaningful language assistance for their education, they were discriminated against according to under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This ruling was a basis for Castañeda v. Pickard, filed in Texas in 1978, which furthered the cause of bilingual education for children.

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