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In Gadsden, N.M., an ELL Endorsement Will Be Required

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The Gadsden Independent School District in New Mexico has joined the growing list of school districts with a policy that ALL new teacher hires must be endorsed to teach English-language learners. An endorsement in TESOL will be required of all teachers hired at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Arizona, California, and Florida have requirements for mainstream teachers to receive training to work with ELLs, but most states do not. A number of school districts have put such requirements in place even if their states don't have them.

The Gadsden requirement won't go into effect for a while. But 200 teachers have already signed up this school year for the training, according to Art Ruiloba, a spokesman for the district. I talked with him by telephone after reading about the new policy in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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That's great but there need to be TESOL certified teachers also to work with the kids directly in ESOL. I am willing to bet that it will be similar to Florida where ESOL teachers were wiped out and classroom teachers and subject teachers had to do everything because they had been "endorsed". Most states actually don't have certification. Can you imagine if special education got by on "endorsement" teachers?

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