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1 in 4 students is an English language learner: Are we leaving them behind?

from Language Magazine

Despite a push to train and recruit more bilingual teachers, school counselors and school administrators, the U.S. is facing a shortage of educators who can support issues relevant to English language learners. English language learners — often called ELL students or ELLs — are the fastest-growing student population group, according to the National Education Association. By 2025, an estimated 25 percent of public school students will be ELLs. While the numbers suggest these students are no longer the outliers in today's schools, a look at their support resources suggests otherwise. There were more than 4.6 million ELL students in public schools during the 2015-2016 school year, yet only 78,000 teachers dedicated to addressing their needs. more


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