All children deserve the right to a high-quality public education, regardless of the primary language spoken at home. Thankfully the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) included a provision to increase resources for dual language learners. However,
of the more than 6,000 languages in the world, sign language is the only non-English language whose native users are not considered to meet the U.S. Department of Education’s English Language Learner (ELL) designation. Currently, eligibility for Title III
funds is tied to ethnicity and/or national origin.