In accordance with federal law related to the rights of an English Learner (EL), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has amended its opt-out policy addressing the right of a parent to decline specialized, separate English Language Development (ELD) services for a child. Pennsylvania will no longer limit the right of an EL student to opt-out of these services for religious reasons only. All LEAs must recognize a parent's unqualified right to decline enrollment in specialized, separate EL services for a child. Accordingly, a parent of an EL student may choose to decline a child's placement in an ELD program or opt-out of specific components of that program. A parent's decision to decline an ELD program or opt-out of specific components of it must be fully informed and voluntary.