Prepare them to meet requirements so that they can graduate from high school on time. Immigrant pupils only account for 13 percent of Texas LEP enrollments in grades PK to 12, reflecting that the issue is not one limited to recent immigrant students. While education reform is always a fraught issue on both the political left and right, Proposition 227 was particularly polarizing.
Most programs in California focus on Spanish and English, but we do have a lot of other languages represented. Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas, professors in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, have conducted one of the largest longitudinal studies ever, with more than 700,000 student records.
The campaign for English-only education signaled to many immigrant rights groups a rising sentiment of hostility to their cultures. Retention of already certified bilingual educators should be at the top of a list of priorities. The proposition would get rid of the need for parents to get a special waiver to have their kids attend bilingual classes, and no longer tracks English-language learners into English-only classes by default.
Texas currently provides a 10 percent add-on funding for its bilingual and ESL programs. Voters in three states that had long years of experience with bilingual programs gave strong approval to the English for the Children” initiative to replace bilingual education with English Immersion teaching.
New Jersey: Retains its bilingual education law for its mainly Spanish-speaking ELL students. Work one-on-one as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in home of center-based programs. Final Report: Longitudinal Study of Structured English Immersion Strategy, Early-Exit and Late-Exit Programs for Language-Minority Children.