The first federal recognition that LESA students have special educational needs and that in the interest of equal educational opportunity, bilingual programs that address those needs should be federally funded.
It also began the process of formally recognizing that ethnic minorities could seek differentiated services for reasons other
than segregation or racial discrimination.
Provisions: Grants were given to provide
1)resources for educational programs
2)training for teachers and teacher aides.
3)development and dissemination of materials
4)parent involvement projects
The Act did not explicitly require bilingual instruction or the use of the students’ native language for educational purposes, but encouraged innovative programs designed to teach the students English. The Act also placed priority on low income families; non-English-speaking students from families with
moderate income levels were not included