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Senator Gloria Romero
Senate Education Committee, Chair
State Capitol, Room 2083
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE:    AB 1510 (Eng): Parental and Guardian Right to an Interpreter - SUPPORT

Dear Senator Romero,

On behalf of ____________________ (Organization), I am pleased to support AB 1510 (as amended on
June 17) which will allow parents of English learners to communicate more effectively with their child’s
teachers and administrators by reinforcing the parent’s right to an oral interpreter in school-related
parent meetings in the event existing federal and state law does not require one..

California schools are becoming increasingly diverse, with millions of English Learner students across
the state. As a result, the need for increased access to language assistance mirrors this growth in
population. While federal and state law requires interpreters under certain circumstances, there is
evidence that a majority of school districts do not have a formal policy in place and that many deny
requests for interpreters due to a lack of resources. Thus, AB 1510 would clearly define, in California
Education Code, the right of parents and legal guardians to bring an oral language interpreter to school-
sponsored meetings, except where it is in conflict with federal and state law. It is important to also note
that this bill will not preclude the existing duties under federal and state law to provide a language
interpreter.

Inadequate knowledge of existing laws and declining resources cause many school districts to struggle
to meet translation and interpreter needs for LEP parents. Since many school districts do not have formal
policies for providing interpreters, limited English proficiency parents are unaware of their rights and
thus make decisions about their child’s life without completely understanding existing laws.

We are pleased to support AB 1510 because it encourages parent participation in school and provides
immigrant parents greater opportunities to be apart of their child’s life.

Sincerely,


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Organization

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