ELLs and the Debate Over the No Child Left Behind Rewrite
By Lesli A. Maxwell
July 18, 2013
The full U.S. House of Representatives is edging ever so much closer to voting on a Republican-written overhaul of the Elementary Secondary and Education Act, and a large coalition of education and advocacy organizations are urging members of Congress to reject it on the grounds that English-language learners and Hispanic students would be irreparably harmed by its passage.
The Hispanic Education Coalition, which brings together 20 civil rights and education advocacy groups such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the League of United Latin American Citizens, has sent a letter to all members of the House this morning warning members that a vote for the Student Success Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Minnesota Republican, would allow states to return to the past and "ignore the educational disparities of racial and ethnic minorities, ELs, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities."
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