Category: Shifting Paradigms

California’s English language learners getting stuck in schools’ remedial programs

Melanie Perez wishes she could have played the saxophone. Octavio Reyes would have liked to take a computer science class. Both students at San Pedro High School say they can't sign up for these electives because, at some point in their school careers, they were stuck having to take remedial classes for English learners - even though both speak English fluently and have performed reasonably well on English tests.

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State’s Dream Act doesn’t help students near graduation

From coast to coast, the passage of the California Dream Act has prompted loud cheers from supporters and bitter outrage from critics. But for Vilma Nerio, a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson - and an undocumented student - last weekend's signing by Gov. Jerry Brown felt almost inconsequential.

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