Patt Morrison for October 29, 2009

Que Pasa? Are LAUSD ESL students taking too long to learn English?

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LAUSD is the nation’s second largest school district with huge numbers of English language learners.

Nearly 30% of LAUSD students placed in English language learning programs are not reclassified as English-proficient by the end of middle school, according to a new public policy report. The findings are especially significant for LAUSD, which is the nation’s second largest school district with huge numbers of English language learners. How long should it take students to pick up English?

Guests:

Harry Pachon, president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute & professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning & Development; author of the report “Que Pasa? Are English Language Learning Students Remaining in English Learning Classes too Long?”


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