A Bronx elementary school didn’t provide 75 students who hardly knew English with any special help to learn the language for most of this last school year, according to a story in the New York Daily News (hat tip to GothamSchools). In March, the school began language services for them, the article said. In addition, 50 students who knew some English but weren’t fluent also didn’t get any help until March.
In reading between the lines, I’m guessing that some teachers in that school were ticked off enough about the situation that they tipped off the New York Daily News on the story.
If the story is true, I want to think this is an isolated incident. But I’ve seen enough audits of school systems finding that ELLs weren’t receiving the services that they’re entitled to that I wonder if this isn’t a problem in quite a few places.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.