The Migrant and Bilingual Education office oversees the state and federal programs that help migrant students and youth in our state meet high academic challenges by overcoming obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences, and health-related problems. By reducing exposure to English, bilingual education may slow the acquisition of English language skills. Colorado: Only state to vote down an initiative to end bilingual programs in 2002. Both these bills recognize that beginning the bilingual boost” needs to start early, and that government support through state education is critical.
In Gadsden, a sprawling district that hugs the border with both Texas and Mexico, 96 percent of the students are Hispanic. Connecticut: Ended bilingual programs in 2000 for the mainly Spanish-speaking ELL students concentrated in the public schools of the three largest cities.
Despite its idealistic vision, mainstreaming bilingual education is a test of California’s political will. Bilingual education ceased entirely amid strong anti-German sentiments after the U.S. entry into World War I By 1923 another English-only law was in force, and immigrant schoolchildren were immersed in a language they could not always comprehend.
Still, a shortage of bilingual teachers continued to plague the field into the twenty-first century. The Bilingual Education Program (Spanish) is a mandated program from the Connecticut State Department of Education. True-bilingual education should be our goal (let’s have every kid in CA learn – pick one – Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, etc.
I have established formal coordination linkages with all principals in whose schools bilingual/ESL programs will operate. Finding teachers to staff additional bilingual classes will be challenging in light of a statewide teacher shortage , which has been especially acute in the field of bilingual instruction.