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Testing the limits of No Child Left Behind, by James Crawford, Hispanic Link News Service, February 25, 2007
Obituary: The Bilingual
Education Act, 1968-2002
The No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law on January
8, dismantles the federal Title VII program and turns most funding
decisions over to the states. The word bilingual has
been expunged from the new law, along with the goal of proficiency in
two languages. All this happened with barely a peep from the traditional
political allies of bilingual education.
Stranger Than Fiction Dept.
James Crawford and Stephen Krashen: NABE Honors Enemy of Bilingual Education
Denial by NABE President Pedro Ruiz and a response by James Crawford
Hispanic Link Weekly Report: Disinvited or a 'Typo'?
Bilingual Education - Recent Articles on Research and Policy
Stephen Krashen and Grace McField: What Works? Reviewing the Latest Evidence on Bilingual Education
Jeff McQuillan: An Urban Myth: The 'Poor Quality' of Bilingual Education Research
Josefina Tinajero: Bilingual Education in Texas: Lighting the Path, Leading the Way
James Crawford: 'Science' in Rhetoric and Reality
Things Ron Unz Would Prefer You Didn't Know about English Learners
in California, by James Crawford
Contrary to media reports, Language Census data show that bilingual
education is alive and well in California. Meanwhile, "structured English
immersion" broke its promise to teach English within one year to nearly
1.5 million children in 2002-03.
That Public Opinion Is Becoming More Negative, a Discussion of
the Reasons, and What We Can Do About It, by Stephen Krashen
Recent polls suggest that an enormous attitude shift is under
way. In recent years, about one-third of the American public has moved
from support for bilingual education to support for all-English alternatives.
Krashen's conclusion: "Without a serious, dedicated,
and organized campaign to explain and defend bilingual education
at the national level, in a very short time we will have nothing left
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