The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) - A federal judge ruled today that Texas' bilingual programs for students who speak limited English complies with federal law.
That's a setback for leading Hispanic groups requesting the state improve such programs.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice means public schools can continue to educate the state's 712,000 students with limited English proficiency the same way they have been.
The judge says low test scores and high dropout rates among Hispanics cannot be linked to the state's bilingual and English as a Second Language programs.