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ERIC Number: EJ819163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Advocates of Bilingual Education Eager to Embrace Obama as Ally
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v28 n13 p1, 18 Nov 2008
Supporters of bilingual education are hoping that the election of Barack Obama as president will lead to a thaw in attitudes toward what they consider a proven educational method that has been ignored--or worse--by the Bush administration. Advocates are encouraged by the endorsement of bilingual education by President-elect Obama in the recent campaign, and see the pending reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act as a vehicle to change federal testing and other policies they view as hostile to dual-language instruction. Obama's education plan--which was posted for months on his Democratic presidential campaign's Web site, but is not on his post-election site--stated that he and his running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, "support transitional bilingual education and will help limited-English-proficient students get ahead by holding schools accountable for making sure these students complete school." Obama has not defined what he means by "transitional bilingual education." Many education experts believe his position indicates that his administration will give more attention to bilingual education than has President George W. Bush's administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001