Most English Learners Would Be Excluded from the Proposed Dual Language Weight – Policy Brief

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Public schools have a responsibility to educate all students who enter their doors. This naturally includes children who arrive at school speaking a language other than English. In Texas, 19% of 5.4 million students are English learners. Despite a rich history of research, educator expertise and school leadership, EL students in Texas struggle to succeed. Significant underfunding of English learner education hinders school districts statewide. Proposed school finance legislation recommends increasing the funding for students in dual language programs in order to provide incentives for school districts to adopt dual language programs. This brief examines the impact of such a change. March 2019

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