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ELLs Get a Mention in National School Boards Association's Vision


The National School Boards Association has mentioned English-language learners in a plan for education that it submitted to President-elect Barack Obama's advisers.

In its recommendations for how to "fix" the No Child Left Behind Act, the plan says: "Ensure high-quality, valid and reliable assessments for all students, especially for English-language learners and students with disabilities."

English-language learners are also listed as among "those with the greatest needs" in terms of funding priorities for federal and state governments.


I am somewhat heartened by the shift in direction suggested by the National School Boards Association since NCLB seemed to sweep ELLs off the plate.

The ESOL population should be considered but not just in the form of them being "needy" and placed in the same lot as disabled students. These students are not just "English Language Learners" as most professionals seem to want to typify them now a days. They know another language and culture the qualities they bring to the US, needs to be developed and nurtured. Professionals seem to want to ignore this and as they continue to do so, problems will develop.

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