ERIC Number: ED113422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Programs for Pupils with English Language Difficulty in New York City Public Schools. Report on Bilingual Education.
Steinberg, Lois S.
The purpose of this report is to explore what is being done, as well as what is not being done, for students who enter New York City schools with little or no understanding of English. The data provided in this report provided the basis for a class action suit which resulted in the establishment of the Pilot Schools bilingual program. The Community Service Society began to gather the available facts in connection with legislation introduced in the 1973 session of the New York State Legislature. Consideration of the proposed legislation required information on the kinds of programs the New York City Board of Education and Community School districts are providing for these pupils, the number of students being served, and the effectiveness of these programs. Major findngs derived from such data as Board of Education reports, interviews with administrators of programs for non-English speaking pupils in the New York City public schools, a content analysis of evaluations of selected bilingual programs, and observations of bilingual programs in city schools, include the following: (1) between 1971 (the date of the first published report on the Board of Education's language survey) and 1973, the proportion of pupils with English language difficulty increased from 8.9 percent to 12.9 percent of the total school enrollment, and (2) by 1973-1974, only about half of those with language problems were receiving special language instruction. Other findings are also highlighted. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Boards of Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Problems, Educationally Disadvantaged, Language Handicaps, Language Programs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Spanish Speaking
Community Service Society of New York, 105 East 22nd Street, New York, New York 10010 $1.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Service Society of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)