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New federal K-12 law fails to address 'value of bilingualism,' ELL scholars say

from Education Week

A group of leading English language learner scholars says the Every Student Succeeds Act does more to address the needs of English learners, but falls short in "addressing the value of bilingualism." The Working Group on ELL Policy, a band of nationally-known researchers in the field, released a statement praising the law's efforts to promote academic achievement and supply additional support for English learners. Educators were split on whether changes spurred by the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA's predecessor, were positive or negative overall for English learners. A similar The debate over the nation's newest federal education law began well before President Obama signed the bill into law and likely will continue for years. more

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