ESL education is very limited in this country. It is quite a shock that there is not a better education plan for Spanish speaking students considering there is a high percentage of Spanish people in the United States.
In Los Angeles California, students are not getting the proper language instruction that they need. As a result of poor teaching there is lawsuit against the state and education workers filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Under state and federal law, schools are required to teach non-English speakers the language, but by its own records, the state isn’t offering English instruction to nearly 20,000 students. The suit alleges that lack of instruction has meant some children had to be held back a grade or live with low proficiency scores because of a language barrier. Unfortunately, being held back is one of the consequences of not being able to pick up the language for students.
Why are English as a second language students falling behind?
English learners fall behind they are not given language lessons, even as school districts collect federal funds for providing such education. This lawsuit targeted the educational struggles of families with Spanish speaking children. Schools identified the students as English learners but were later taken out of English language classes and saw their grades drop dramatically in courses where they struggled to understand instruction, the suit alleged.
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