ERIC Number: ED224347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
The Future of ESL and Bilingual Education in the Next Decade.
Santiago, Ramon L.
Developments occurring at the national, state, and local levels that could affect the future of bilingual education and English as a second Language (ESL) instruction in the next decade are considered. Attention is also directed to (1) the philosophy of the Reagan administration regarding social and educational programs, (2) budgetary changes in the Title VII Act and proposed changes in the language and provisions of the act, (4) issues related to employment of ESL and bilingual educators, and (5) dictates for increased cooperation between organizations like Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and the National Association for Bilingual Education. The "new federalism" concept, which attempts to shift more responsibility to the local level, and proposed changes in the language of the Title VII Act are cause for concern. There are proposed provisions to reduce the number of children eligible to receive Title VII services down to one million by serving those with the lowest level of English proficiency, and priority would be given to non-English proficiency (NEP) over limited-English proficiency (LEP) children. Another proposed change in the language of the act would allow other approaches besides bilingual education to be employed to meet the needs of LEP/NEP children. (SW)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, English (Second Language), Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Limited English Speaking, Non English Speaking, Political Influences, Professional Associations, Teacher Associations
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A