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Growing Bilingual Teacher Shortage in California

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A new report released by Californians Together shows that many school districts across the state are currently facing a growing bilingual teacher shortage, and that in the near term, there is a pool of at least 7,000 bilingual teachers who are well positioned to begin to address this shortage, and need to be supported with professional development.As more families...

Senate Considers Reclassification for ELL’s

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The senate is considering updating the criteria for reclassification for English Language Learners (ELL’s) in the state of California with Senate bill 463. When ELL’s are deemed proficient in English, they are moved from being ELL’s to being Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students. These students move into English...

Dual Language Could ‘Save’ LA Schools

According to speakers at last month’s meeting of Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD’s) Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Committee, early dual-language programs may prove to be the best way to ensure a quality education for the District with the largest English learner population in the nation. “This is a great benefit to LAUSD, it is your future,” said...

California Supports Leaders in ELL Education

The 2014 California Language Census found that over 22% of California public school students are English language learners (ELLs) and over 43% speak a language other than English at home. The California Department of Education provides assistance for schools to achieve the following goals: (1) Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible...

California Nominates ELL Advocates to Board of Education

California Governor Jerry Brown filled the last two openings in the 11-member California State Board of Education by nominating Ting Lan Sun, an executive director of one of the state's oldest charter schools, and Feliza Ortiz-Licon, a senior administrator of the nation's largest Hispanic Civil Rights Organization. Ortiz-Licon's nomination is especially applauded due to her history of advocacy for...

California Needs an English Learner Advocate

Language Magazine is lending its support to twenty Californian education, social justice, and civil rights organizations encouraging the state’s governor, Jerry Brown to appoint an English learner advocate to the State Board of Education.Nearly 45% of Californians speak a language other than English at home, and in our schools, nearly 1 out of 4 students is identified as an...

California ‘Failing’ English Learners

A California judge has ruled that it is the state’s obligation to ensure that school disticts provide language instruction to English language learners (ELLs), and that so far California has failed nearly 20,000 underserved ELL students. Three students, their parents, and a retired administrator sued the State of California, the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education...

California Adopts First English Framework Based on Common Core

Today, the California State Board of Education adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework). This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts and English language development.More

California Bill to Support Multilingual Education

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach/Huntington Park) announced legislation that would enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access to valuable 21st Century language skills and giving parents more choice over their children’s education.If passed, SB 1174, the Multilingual Education for a 21st Century Economy Act, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016...

California Invites Public Comment on English Framework

Californians are being invited to comment on their state’s first framework based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework) will provide guidance for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and California's new English Language Development Standards. According to the...