Nevada; report says state should add funds for English learners

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Sep 18 14:08:22 UTC 2008

Report: Nev. should add funds for English learners
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/17/2008 09:41:13 AM PDT

LAS VEGAS—A new report says Nevada isn't investing enough in
instruction for English-language learners to meet the changing needs
of a growing number of students. The report, called "Gambling on the
Future: Managing the Education Challenges of Rapid Growth in Nevada,"
says a lack of funding and resources for English learners jeopardizes
Nevada's economic future. The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy
Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy compiled
the report. MPI is a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that studies
the movement of people worldwide.

The report says Nevada's immigrant population increased 50 percent
between 2000 and 2006, and English-language learners compose about 15
percent of the state's students.  A Clark County School District
official says the numbers are higher in the Las Vegas-based district,
where more than 62,000 of the district's 300,000 students are
English-language learners.

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