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DOJ Says State Not Meeting Needs Of ESL Students

BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Justice says Massachusetts is not properly meeting the needs of students whose second language is English.

In 2002 Massachusetts passed a law requiring most classroom instruction for those students to take place in English, despite their level of proficiency.

A federal investigation finds many teachers across hundreds of districts are not completing training on how to help these students comprehend instruction.

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says his department is cooperating in the federal investigation, which has found many teachers across hundreds of districts are not completing training on how to help those students comprehend instruction in other subjects.

“Our English language learners are a population that we’ve been concerned with the kind of progress we’re making,” Chester said. “It’s incremental progress, but it needs to be much more dramatic.”

The teacher training is not mandated under the law.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Fraud-Carry/687622744 Jon Fraud Carry

    The United States citizenship test is given in English. If they aren’t citizens then the entire family should be deported. This solves many, many problems.

    • Tanya Turner

      Wha..? This is about teacher training to students whose first language is not English. Were you reading another article?

      • Wake Up

        Obviously, you don’t get it.

        “In 2002 Massachusetts passed a law requiring most classroom instruction
        for those students to take place in English, despite their level of
        proficiency.”

        If one cannot speak English, then why are they going to OUR schools?

  • The Mechanic

    Remember the days when you had to speak english to become a citizen,now our tax dollars instead of teaching our American students what they need to know we have to teach Im guessing Illegals how to speak.We all wonder why our kids are getting low grades on tests but if a teacher has to focus on students that cant speak english how can she teach OUR students what they need to know..IF YOU CANT SPEAK ENGLISH GO HOME UNTIL YOU CAN…. “MY DAILY RANT’

    • Triplettb

      Dear Mechanic,
      It is obvious that teachers need more time to teach English speakers how to write  English properly!  Judging from your response, you never learned the meaning of periods, capital letters or the value of editing. Instead of ranting, you should pick up a book on grammar!

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