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Not English-only

from Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Philadelphia's foreign-born population is growing, and Mayor Nutter wants to make the city, including its school system, more welcoming to immigrants. But the School District's effort to teach an ever-changing and diverse group of English language learners has been plagued by disorganization, insufficient teacher training and a lack of consistent, effective instruction. Advocates and the District's own evaluations point out that in many schools, these students are marginalized academically and their families effectively shut out of meaningful communication about their children. more

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