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Survey Asks Districts About Plans to Use Stimulus Funds for ELLs

Schools and the Stimulus

A working group of experts on policy for English-language learners is conducting a survey to find out how states and school districts plan to use stimulus funds for the education of ELLs, and what obstacles might prevent them from doing so.

Diane August, a senior research scientist at the Washington-based Center for Applied Linguistics, said that the working group will soon unveil a Web site about using funds of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for English-language learners. Findings from the survey will be posted on that Web site before the end of the calendar year.

In addition to seeking information about the use of stimulus funds, the survey also asks respondents to provide any ideas they have for recommendations for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Find a link to the survey here.

Meanwhile Ballard and Tighe, publishers of an English-proficiency test for ELLs, are hosting a free Webinar tomorrow, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, on how federal stimulus funds can be used for ELLs. You can register through a link on the company's blog here.

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