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New education law puts more pressure on states to serve English learners

from EdSource

From Jan. 14: The Every Student Succeeds Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law, includes important policies that recognize the needs and diversity of English learners in an effort to close the ongoing achievement gap between them and other students. The bill, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also crucially maintains accountability for improving academic achievement of English learners — a hallmark of the last reauthorization, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Given the new law's overall thrust of reducing federal authority in education, however, ensuring that the needs of English learners are met will be complicated by the fact that education agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia will be interpreting the new mandates and perhaps implementing them differently. more

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