The Obama administration has not paid adequate attention to the needs of English-language learners, the fastest-growing group of students in the nation’s public schools, concludes a new report.
Published by the BUENO National Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the report paints a picture of a U.S. Department of Education that has been indifferent to the unique educational needs of English-learners.
Lack of federal resources, a lag in naming the head of the office of English-language acquisition, a shortage of qualified teachers, and waivers to No Child Left Behind requirements are among the chief criticisms.
The department did not respond to a request for comment.
A version of this article appeared in the January 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Ed. Department Falling Short In ELL Support, Report Says