ERIC Number: EJ888309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Immigrant Charter Schools: A Better Choice?
Teaching Tolerance, n37 p40-43 Spr 2010
Third-grader Jaime of Denver, Colorado, was having a hard time concentrating in school. The son of Mexican immigrants, he had learned to speak English perfectly in his dual-language public school, but reading and writing was another story. When her mother knew about Cesar Chavez Academy, a new tuition-free charter school where the majority of students are of Hispanic origin, she said the difference was amazing. Stories like this are becoming increasingly common as parents of English language learners, or ELLs, are turning to charter schools to provide their children with a school experience that meets their academic needs and honors their cultural heritage. And as more immigrant parents seek alternatives, charter schools are becoming increasingly focused on serving specific immigrant populations. This article examines whether charter schools tailored to the needs of newly arrived immigrants are really working. It offers tips for ELL students and parents from immigrant-focused charter schools.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Mexican Americans, Second Language Learning, Educational Experience, Cultural Background, Immigrants, English (Second Language)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
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