Thurmond Introduces Legislation to Support the Expansion of English Learner Programs in Schools

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) recently introduced Assembly Bill 2514, which supports the creation and expansion of English language learner programs.

“AB 2514 gives our local schools the resources they need to create or expand dual language instructional programs,” said Thurmond. “Almost a quarter of our public school students in our state are English Learners. This bill helps close the achievement gap between English Learners and their peers, thus creating a pathway to success for English Learners.” 

There are over 1.3 million English Learners (EL) in California. These students often face language barriers, requiring services tailored to their needs. EL students benefit from dual language instruction that helps them learn in both English and their native language.

AB 2514 establishes the Pathways to Success Incentive Program, to be administered by the California Department of Education.  The three-year program will annually award grants of up to $300,000 to LEAs to assist in establishing or expanding dual language immersion programs, developmental programs for ELs, or establishing early learning dual language learner programs.

The California Association for Bilingual Education and Californians Together are the co-sponsors of this bill. The California School Boards Association, California Language Teachers Association, and the AVID Center are also in support of this bill.

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

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