Department Vision

To work collaboratively with schools and community stakeholders to help students achieve equitable academic success, and become biliterate, bicultural, and productive members of our global society.

Department Mission

To enhance and foster best instructional practices that will prepare and support ALL students to achieve academic success while acquiring a second language by:

  • Supporting the implementation of proven research-based practices that result in increased language proficiency for culturally and linguistically diverse students;
  • Supporting the implementation of proven research-based practices that result in increased academic proficiency as outlined in the content standards;
  • Providing and supporting purposeful and meaningful professional learning and access to resources; and
  • Providing essential support to migrant students and families
  • Promoting program participation by both English Learners and non-English Learners
Federal and State Statutes

As a public school district or local educational agency (LEA), the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) district must adhere to federal and state statutes, in order to receive federal and state funding. These funding sources are outlined below.

Federal Statute: Title III-Language Instruction for English Learner and Immigrant Students Act
Title III is officially known as the “Language Instruction for English Learner and Immigrant Students Act”. The overarching purpose is to ensure that English learner (EL) students, including immigrant children and youth, attain English language proficiency and meet the same challenging state academic standards that other students are expected to meet. LEAs must use Title III funds to supplement core educational programs, designed to assist EL students’ achievement goals. The state educational agency (SEA), LEAs, and schools are accountable for increasing the English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of EL students. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education Bills Web page.

State Statute: NMAC 6.32.2- Bilingual and Multicultural Education Programs
Developing proficiency in two or more languages for New Mexico students has been the commitment of New Mexico educators, legislators, and other government leaders since the state constitution was approved in 1911. Since that time, our state has been and continues to be, a leader in the nation. New Mexico is the first state in the US to have a bilingual multicultural education law, passing the Bilingual Multicultural Education Act of 1973. The law was expanded in 2004 and stands as an exceptional national model for state legislation. This law and many other initiatives have truly made New Mexico an “English Plus” state in policy and practice (the New Mexico English Plus Resolution was adopted in 1989). For more information, please visit, https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/languageandculture/bilingual-multicultural- education-programs-bmeps/

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Guidance

According the U.S. Department of Education and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), all public schools and districts must ensure equal educational opportunities for English Learner (EL) students. This includes the following requirements:

  • EL students with disabilities must be provided with both: language assistance and disability-related services to which they are
  • EL students who may have a disability must be located, identified, and evaluated for special education and disability-related services in a timely
  • EL students must be evaluated in an appropriate language based on the student’s needs and language
  • The IEP team must include participants knowledgeable about the EL student’s language needs.