Mandatory ELL training gets mixed marks
from Wicked Local
When 61 percent of Massachusetts voters in 2002 elected to have all students learn core subjects in English, the new law immediately changed bilingual education across the state. The landmark vote abolished the traditional bilingual model of education, whereby students were slowly acclimated to their new language, and fully immersed them in English, limiting exposure to their native tongue. Theresa Castagnetti, an English language learner teacher at the McGlynn Elementary School in Medford, was one of thousands across the state suddenly presented with a group of students who weren't ready for the new system.
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