Check this page regularly for alerts about
legislation that will affect you and your ESL and bilingual students. Alerts
will first be sent to the e-mail list and then linked to this page. Below are
links for contacting your legislators.
The NJ State Board will consider amendments to the state’s bilingual education regulations at its next meeting, rescheduled to Dec. 5. The proposals are part of Commissioner Chris Cerf’s plans to drastically “deregulate” NJ’s public education system by revising or repealing state education code. The proposed bilingual amendments “would no longer require school districts to submit to the Department for approval a three-year plan detailing how they intend to provide language assistance services to LEP students.” Districts would be required to prepare a plan to “raise LEP student achievement,” but the Department would no longer review and approve those plans or monitor their implementation separately.
PLEASE write a letter to State Board of Education members and let them know how this "deregulation" will harm services for ELLS!
Click here for a sample letter.
Adult Education Funding Alert!
Click on the ACTION ALERT link to urge your members of Congress to include adult education funding in the stimulus package