Thursday, June 27, 2013

State to spend more to help English Language Learners

Iowa has set aside more money to help ELL kids in school. This will help them be more successful in their later school years and as adults.   - - Donna Poisl

Written by Mary Stegmeir

Iowa schools will soon be eligible for more money to educate children who are learning to speak English.

A provision included in a bill signed last week by Gov. Terry Branstad extends to five years the time period that districts can receive additional funding to serve English Language Learners.

Previously, school districts could receive extra dollars to help such students for a maximum of four years. The extension applies to children who first received ELL services in 2010, so the additional funding won’t become available until the 2014-15 academic year.
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