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The State Board of Education adopted the first new language policy in 20 years — the English Learner Roadmap, an online resource for school districts that will help guide curriculum, instruction and standards for the 1.4 million English learners in the state’s public schools.
An advocacy group for English learners says the $5 million in new state money to train more bilingual teachers is a "first step," and warns that Proposition 58 has worsened a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.
the California Teachers Association this weekend mobilized supporters to boost voter turnout on behalf of two ballot measures -- Propositions 55 and 58 -- that will have a direct bearing on schools and community colleges.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills to mandate kindergarten and tinker with aspects of the state’s new school funding formula, and he signed bills providing more protections for student privacy as he rushed to review a sea of bills this week to meet the Sept. 30 deadline for acting on legislation.
As accountability for student progress in California becomes more local, a new report by advocacy group EdTrust-West focuses on how school districts can better educate their English learners, who comprise nearly one in four students in the state.
After nearly two decades, bilingual education in California could be about to stage a resurgence. Since the passage of Proposition 227 in 1998, it has been illegal to teach public school children in a language other than English without express permission from their parents, among other requirements. That could be about to change.