Daily Archives: April 19, 2017
The state of Texas was an early pioneer in providing academic instruction to children using their native language while simultaneously developing proficiency in English. Another emerging issue is the potential competition for teaching and fiscal resources from local enrichment language programs that include non-LEP students and the mandated programs that are essential to ensuring that those students with the most need have access to all the resources needed to address civil rights based concerns.
As a result of that litigation, the state revised the mandate and required school systems to offer bilingual education programs in elementary grades, English as a second language (ESL) or bilingual programs at post-elementary grades through eighth grade, and ESL programs in high school.
Proposition 227, a ballot initiative mandating instruction only in English for students who did not speak English, and passed by 63 percent of the 30 percent of the people in California who …Read More