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ERIC Number: EJ875800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
English Language Learner Charter Schools
Dessoff, Alan
District Administration, v46 n2 p32-34, 36, 38 Feb 2010
In districts with Hispanic populations, English language learning is a priority, particularly in the elementary grades, which many students enter still speaking Spanish as their primary language. In affiliation with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a private, non-profit organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination and improving opportunity for Hispanic Americans, about 100 community-based charter schools serve districts like these across the United States. None of the schools serves only English language learners (ELLs); each has "a different proportion" of them since many students who enter the schools already have learned English, often through their families that have been living in the country for several generations. But ELLs represent "a significant portion of the Latino student population," according to a statistical brief--"Missing Out: Latino Students in America's Schools"--that NCLR issued last year. It reported that 39 percent of all Latino children were ELLs in the nation's public schools in 2005 and nearly 80 percent of ELL students were Hispanic. Some of the schools operate under NCLR's Charter School Development Initiative, which the organization launched in 2001 as a response to the "increasingly alarming educational outcomes" of Latino students at that time. Others function as part of NCLR's Early College Project, created in 2002 to increase high school and college graduation rates for Latinos. With President Barack Obama's initiative to get states to remove any limits on the number of new charter schools while shutting down ineffective ones, the Hispanic schools are drawing increased interest. This article presents three case studies of schools that serve mainly ELL students and that have seen some noteworthy success, despite some drawbacks. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States