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English language learners

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Gov. John Carney (D) signed an executive order this week creating the Advisory Council on English Learners.  The group will track the state’s progress on the English Learner Strategic Plan released by the Carney Administration in December.

Gov. John Carney visited North Georgetown Elementary Wednesday to offer his strategy to help students whose native language is not English.

JFC talks potential education cuts

Feb 6, 2017
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Even popular education programs may not be safe from budget cuts as state lawmakers seek to send more cash to high-poverty schools.

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In 2015, Latinos represented nine percent of Delaware’s population - over 85,000 people.  That number is expected to steadily increase over the next several years, topping 100,000 by 2020.

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A new requirement for states under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is including the priority for English learner proficiency in its mandated school accountability system.

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When Holderline Lebreton was told she could take her world language proficiency test in her native Haitian Creole, she didn't hesitate to say yes.


Like all Delaware students, the Seaford High School senior needs to earn two credits in a world language other than English to graduate. But that requirement can be a major hurdle for kids from a non-English speaking home or background.