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High-needs students

English Learners

Almost half of California’s public school students speak a language other than English in their homes. Many of those students began kindergarten still learning English. After years of English-only policies, California passed a law in 2016 allowing schools to establish bilingual programs to help more students learn more than one language, or retain their home language, while learning English. Under California’s funding formula, school districts receive more funding to serve children who are English learners.