On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

CHICAGO — “Student X” was about two grade levels behind in reading when she was forced to exit School District U46’s English Language Learners program, according to Dawn McCusker, the student’s fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Illinois Park Elementary School in Elgin. When McCusker encountered Student X two years later at Lincoln Elementary School in Hoffman Estates, the girl still was behind. In fact, Student X had been held back a year in general education classes and still was in sixth grade. That was one of the effects that plaintiffs’ witnesses described of a 2002 directive that attorneys claim came from U46 administration — to exit all ELL students after three years in the program — on day two Tuesday of the resumed trial against the Elgin school district. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

U46 trial eyes limits on English Learners (Sun-Times Media)

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