Texas schools wonder how to address court's ruling on bilingual education

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 18:31:44 UTC 2008

Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Dallas News

Texas schools wonder how to address court's ruling on bilingual education

A federal judge's ruling that Texas has failed its students with
limited English skills is suddenly the most eagerly awaited document
in educational circles. U.S. Senior District Judge William Wayne
Justice's ruling, released Friday, tossed out his own judgment last
summer that Texas was doing an adequate job of providing students with
the education they need to function in English. School administrators
don't know the details of the latest ruling. But they know it will
significantly change the way they teach the ever-increasing number of
students who arrive at school speaking something other than English.
And statewide, legislators say, it could cost hundreds of millions of
dollars to implement. "It's going to be interesting to read that order
and see how it impacts all of us," said Plano schools Superintendent
Doug Otto. "The judge seemed to be focusing on secondary education,
and implying that bilingual education programs might be appropriate at
the secondary level, as opposed to the more traditional ESL [English
as a Second Language] program."

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