November 2008 Your Turn

We’re doing an average job of educating English Language Learners in the public schools, a majority of you said in our November Poll. But given the enormity of the task and its importance to our country, is a “Gentleman’s C” enough?

Maybe not, several respondents said.

“Public schools are doing the best job that they can with extremely limited resources,” said Maine board member James R. Handy. “Schools are in desperate need of space, books, and more teachers.”

Fifty-five percent of you said schools were doing an average job with ELLs, 16 percent rated the performance “poor,” 10 percent said it was “good,” and 19 percent marked “none of the above.”

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