Because state regulations ask districts to do more for their population of English Language Learners, some educators are recommending more bilingual education to be available along with the funding to see it through.
For those districts that haven’t paid much attention to bilingual classes, new regulations may push them to expand bilingual classes and hire the necessary teachers next fall. Some will also need to find more classroom space.
In New York State, the Board of Regents has approved changes to the rules concerning non English speaking students and how public schools educate them. None of the changes come with funding for implementation.
Mary Jean Marisco, superintentent of Rockland BOCES commented on the rule changes. “I think the legislation responds to instructional needs of English language learners,” she said. “But I think … this is another unfunded mandate.”