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Letter to Representative Baca supporting his English Language Instruction Improvement Act of 2007

July 24, 2007

Dear Representative Baca:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for the English Language Instruction Improvement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2957), which would improve educational practices for limited English proficient students and immigrant students.

As you know, there is a considerable amount of scientifically based and sound research on the education of English Language Learners (ELLs), but there is no consensus regarding what constitutes "an effective educational program for ELLs" throughout the country. Therefore, we are particularly pleased that your bill would provide increased resources to conduct research on the best practices for ELL students.  

In particular, we applaud provisions in your bill that will help even the landscape across the board for ELLs by encouraging dissemination of research providing guidance on options that work in different scenarios for English Learners. In proposing to expand the national activities under Title III of the law, your bill would assist states in developing curricula that suit the unique needs of their ELL students so they can achieve high levels of proficiency in English as well as in the entire academic curriculum while retaining their native language.

NEA is proud to support H.R. 2957 on behalf of our members, especially those teaching in districts with large numbers of ELLs. We thank you for your attention to this important issue and your leadership in advancing this legislation. 

Sincerely,

Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy