The school board for the Austin, Texas, school district has approved a plan that includes using some of the district’s federal stimulus funds to improve instruction for English-language learners, according to the education blog of the Austin American-Statesman. The board has created 18 jobs, including positions for staff of programs for ELLs. One of the proposals for spending stimulus money is to use $8.4 million for new programs for ELLs, middle school students, students at risk of dropping out, and specialized academies at low-income schools.
I’ve already noted on this blog a couple of other school districts, Oregon’s Salem-Keizer district and Pennsylvania’s York City district, that plan to spend money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on ELLs. In addition, I’ve written an article for Education Week about how the Boston, New York City, St. Paul, Minn., and Seattle school districts have plans to use federal stimulus funds to support or improve schooling for ELLs. The Seattle school district intends to use the funds to help pay for an overhaul of programs for ELLs.
The ELL Working Group, a group of researchers in the field, have made recommendations on how to use the funds effectively for ELLs.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.