ERIC Number: ED263245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-31
Secretary Bennett's Bilingual Education Initiative: Historical Perspectives and Implications.
National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
This paper provides an overview and assessment of Secretary Bennett's "bilingual education initiative" of 1985 including his intention to seek regulatory and legislative changes in the 1984 Bilingual Education Act. Following a brief introduction, a summary of the Federal statutes, policies, and proposals which have shaped policy on bilingual education over the last decades is presented. An overview of the Reagan administration's bilingual education proposals from 1981 through 1985 is included. Finally, the implications of the Bennett proposals and the recommendations of the National Council of La Raza for the future of bilingual education are presented and discussed. In brief, the paper asserts that Bennett's proposals would reduce the amount of Federal guidance and financial support for bilingual education. If implemented, it is argued, these proposals would deleteriously affect the extent and quality of educational opportunities available to limited-English proficient children (the majority of whom are of Hispanic origin). To avoid this outcome, the paper recommends that the Department of Education fully implement the terms of the Bilingual Education Act of 1984 and provide additional funding for programs operated under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, especially the Special Alternative Instruction Programs and the Family English Literacy Programs. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII