Saturday, May 4, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect English Learners



VOALearningEnglish: How Immigration Reform Could Affect English Learners

From VOA Learning English, this is Education. Immigration reform is a top policy goal this year in Washington. President Obama and a group of Democratic and Republican senators who have been preparing legislation agree on one thing. Millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally will have to start learning English before they can begin the process of becoming legal residents. But school systems that face shrinking budgets are still cutting or eliminating English classes. Overcrowding is especially bad in California. That state is home to one of every four non-English-speaking immigrants in the United States. (read more)

1 comment:

Janet Johnson said...

No software can begin to adequately replace a trained teacher. This is wishful thinking. We need to restore dedicated funding to adult schools everywhere, especially in CA. However, the immigration bill as written contains billions for beefing up an already secure border but doesn't address the issue of financing English language learning.