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Bilingual ed restrictions hurt California, says UO's Umansky

A 1998 voter referendum that strictly limited bilingual education in California's public schools has weakened educational efforts and held back non-English-speaking children, according to a report led by the UO's Ilana Umansky.

The report's nine co-authors are calling on California to expand opportunities for these students and to change the system for how these students, currently labeled as English learners, are categorized.

"One in five K-12 students in the U.S. speaks a language other than English at home," said Umansky, an assistant professor in the UO College of Education.  "These kids — our kids — come to school with enormous assets but too often they face multiple barriers to opportunity in school. This policy brief brings together the work of three school districts and university researchers to provide a rich picture of English learners’ experiences, opportunities and outcomes in school, and how states and districts can support students reaching their full potential."

Read the full story in Around the O.