Long Term English Learners Crisis.


Advocates are sounding a wake-up call about the large numbers of English Learner students who, despite many years in school up to graduation age, are still not classified as English proficient – and thus also not getting the full academic curriculum and learning they need. English Learners in kindergarten have a 50/50 chance of becoming a Long Term English Learner, and most secondary school English Learners are considered “LTELs.” With few districts meeting their needs, how do English Learners become Long Term English Learners? How are they getting stuck and what can parents and students do to advocate for a full quality education? This program is part of the series “Diploma en Mano.”

Guests: Dr. Elvira Armas, Associate Director, Center for Equity for English Learners, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, http://soe.lmu.edu/faculty/directory/elviraarmasedd ; Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Associate Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9274.asp ; Franchesca Gonzalez, Director of the Rural Education Equity Program, California Rural Legal Assistance, Oxnard, CA, http://www.crla.org



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