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ELL advocates hopeful and wary of new federal K-12 law

from Education Week

The nation's 5 million-plus English language learners could receive significant civil rights protections under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but the new law is also fraught with potential pitfalls, some ELL advocates say. The bill will shift accountability for English learners from Title III — the section of the federal law that previously authorized aid to states and local school districts for English-language-acquisition programs — to Title I, the federal program under which the performance of all other student groups is scrutinized. That move is an indication that the law will do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English-speaking students, some advocates said. more


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