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English as a Second Language Programs for K-12 students

Whether one or many limited English students enroll in a school district, a school district must provide free to every limited English-speaking student a program that helps the student learn English and helps with the student's studies. School districts must take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by its language minority students in its instructional programs, and must provide to every limited English proficient child needing services special language services necessary for the student to benefit from an education conducted in English. Status of parental documentation may not be taken into account in deciding access to services.

To find your local school district contacts

The State of Maine Department of Education's English as a Second Language Program ensures that limited English speaking children have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to other children. If want to learn more about their programs or are having a hard time getting an ESL program implemented for your student(s), they can be contacted at:

ESL/Bilingual Education Program
Maine Department of Education
Contact: Nancy Mullins, Director ESL/Bilingual Programs
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0023
Phone:  (207) 624-6788
Fax:      (207) 624-6789
E-mail:    Nancy.Mullins@Maine.gov
Website: http://www.maine.gov/education/esl/index.shtml