ERIC Number: ED124311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1962
Reference Count: N/A
What Price Education? What Is It Worth? Where Does It Begin? Who Does It Benefit? What Can We Do About It? 1962 Report of The Little School of 400.
After a detailed study of the scholastic retardation of Latin American children in Texas public schools due to the language barrier, the National Office of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) decided that this problem was of the utmost importance and a matter which the organization should work to correct. After obtaining the necessary authorization, pilot projects of the "Little School of the 400" were opened in various places, at LULAC's expense. Named after a list of 400 basic, indispensable English words for beginning non-English speaking children, the program enrolled 60 children in 2 schools in 1957. Nine more "Little Schools" were opened in 1958. In 1959, the Texas Legislature adopted a House Bill authorizing the program's establishment under the official title of "Preschool Instructional Classes for Non-English Speaking Children" with the understanding that these classes would not be exclusively for the Latin American child, but for the overall benefit of all non-English speaking children in Texas. More than 15,000 non-English speaking children were enrolled in 1960, and this attendance progressively increased through the summer of 1962 to over 18,000 children. Based on the program's efforts, recommendations concerning such items as a state mobile teacher unit law, job training school for elementary students, and Federal grants-in-aid were submitted to local, State, and national education agencies. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League of United Latin American Citizens, Houston, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas