The new Common Core standards offer concepts that have the potential of improving education for children who are learning English as a second language. But as we heard last week, teachers are so busy simply figuring out the new standards overall that they are not all being trained on how to teach English language learners. In addition, there is concern that the exams could end up hurting these children. In Oakland, California, a group of Spanish-speaking parents is learning more about the Common Core, to keep watch to make sure that it is being applied with special attention to the needs of their children. Zaidee Stavely has more details. This report is part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen! – a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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