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Letter from Assistant Secretary Brogan re: English Learners Fact Sheet

Dear colleagues,


Please see this note and attached fact sheet that were sent to chief state school officers earlier this afternoon.




Patrick Rooney
Director, School Support & Accountability



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Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:33 PM
Subject: Letter from Assistant Secretary Brogan re: English Learners Fact Sheet


May 19, 2020


Dear Chief State School Officer,


I hope this email finds you safe and in good health. I wanted to let you know that today the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the attached COVID-19 fact sheet on English learners (ELs). It answers several questions that have been frequently raised by State and local educational agencies in the past few weeks. The fact sheet covers a number of topics, including assessing the needs and progress of ELs, requirements for providing services to ELs, allowable uses of funds, and communicating with parents of ELs. The document is intended to provide useful information regarding the interpretation by the Department of the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented and is not intended to establish new requirements or new rights.


If you have general questions regarding COVID-19 and how the Department can best support you, please contact I encourage you to continue to monitor information regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at and our website at, where this fact sheet is posted. If you have additional questions or comments related to these questions and answers, please contact my team at


Thank you for your continued commitment to our nation’s students during these extraordinary circumstances.






Frank T. Brogan

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education




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About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.