Beyond Bilingual Education: New Immigrants and Public School Policies in California / Edition 3

Beyond Bilingual Education: New Immigrants and Public School Policies in California / Edition 3

by Alec Ian Gershberg, Anne Danenberg, Patricia Sanchez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877667233

ISBN-13: 9780877667230

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Urban Institute

The United States has a long record of ambivalence toward recent immigrants. Nowhere is this love-hate relationship more evident than in the public school systems of high-immigration states like California, where pro- and anti-immigration advocates have waged a long-running battle over “bilingual” education versus “English immersion”

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Overview

The United States has a long record of ambivalence toward recent immigrants. Nowhere is this love-hate relationship more evident than in the public school systems of high-immigration states like California, where pro- and anti-immigration advocates have waged a long-running battle over “bilingual” education versus “English immersion” programs. Unfortunately, this fierce political debate does not always acknowledge day-to-day reality in the schools, and the policies that result may ultimately hinder the schools and students they intend to help. Beyond Bilingual Education cuts through the politics, offering a statistical portrait of English language learners in five large California school districts and highlighting the results of more than 120 interviews conducted with teachers, school administrators, and community service providers about the challenges facing recent immigrants and the schools that serve them. This combined approach yields essential intelligence for policymakers, advocates, and administrators seeking to escape the trap of immigration politics. It is a vital perspective, because how our schools receive, treat, and educate these future workers will directly affect our country’s economic and social health and progress.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877667230
Publisher:
Urban Institute
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
60.00(w) x 87.50(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Abbreviationsxiii
1Immigrant Education--The Program and Policy Landscape1
2Recent Immigrant and ELL Students and Their Schools17
3School Achievement and Resources: The Differing Experiences of Recent Immigrant and ELL Students45
4Recent Immigrant Challenges and Public School Responses67
5The Debate over Language Acquisition: Caught between "Bilingual" Education and English Immersio97
6Educator Evaluations of Language Assessment, Placement, and Accountability Systems117
7Mapping Recent Immigrant Students onto the Education Policy Landscape: Summary, Policy Recommendations, and Directions for the Future143
Epilogue: Public Schools Caught in the Hypocrisy of Immigration Policy and Politics153
Appendix A.California State Programs Serving Immigrant and ELL Students157
Appendix B.Data Sources, Descriptive Methods, and Additional Quantitative Analysis163
Appendix C.Selection Processes and Methods for Interviews189
Appendix D.Coding Criteria for Language Assessment and Accountability Analysis205
Appendix E.Additional Discussion on General Impressions of the Academic Performance Index (API)207
Appendix F.Sample Home Language Survey211
References213
Additional Readings223
About the Authors229
Index231

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