The 'two-sizes-fits-all' approach to bilingual education doesn't work
How long should it take for English language learners to achieve second-language proficiency? That is the question under debate in the Oregon Legislature. A bill, HB 3499, sponsored by several state legislators, proposes a maximum of seven years for students who have been identified with low-level, English language proficiency and seven years for students with moderate skill. English literacy is a critical first step for "ELL" student academic success. Current state law does not dictate a maximum length of time students may rely on ELL program support, nor does the state determine how districts must spend the $3,750 in additional funding they receive for each ELL student.
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