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Massachusetts moves on ELL-training for regular teachers

from Education Week

Under pressure from federal civil rights officials to improve schooling for English language learners, education leaders in Massachusetts are forging ahead with major changes that will require intensive training for thousands of academic-content teachers with ELLs in their classrooms. Massachusetts — more accustomed to being lauded for its student-achievement results than criticized — is overhauling its programs for the state's growing population of English learners. After a civil rights investigation last year, U.S. Department of Justice officials determined those programs to be inadequate. The probe found that as many as 45,000 teachers in districts across the state had not received specialized training to effectively work with English language learners. more

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