Senate Bill 750 (Mendoza) English Language Education is finally on Governor Brown’s desk! He will determine the fate of SB 750 (Mendoza), to sign (and make law) or to veto.
Your continued support and advocacy is needed NOW to show Governor Brown how much support there is for this bill. Click on the link below to send the letter to the Governor.
SB 750 (Mendoza) revises current law specific to the definitions of a Long Term English Learner and pupils At Risk of becoming a Long Term English Learner in order for the California Department of Education to more accurately identify these pupils for the purpose of providing appropriate instructional services to these students by their school districts.
Mil gracias for your continued support of SB 750 (Mendoza) English Language Instruction!!
Ed Trust – West has joined a diverse coalition of organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Californians Together, the California Association of Bilingual Educators and the California Latino School Boards Association in asking Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an English learners advocate to the State Board of Education. The governor has the opportunity to do right by the more than 1.4 million English learners by choosing someone with a track record of fighting for these students and who understands the families and communities the students come from.
Coalition of Signing Organizatons
|The Education Trust-West||Californians Together||California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)||Californians for Justice|
|Educators 4 Excellence – Los Angeles||Reading and Beyond||California Latino Shool Board Association||Fresno Center of New Americans|
|InnerCity Struggle||GEMAS||Asian Americans Advancing Justice||Public Counsel|
|United Way of Greater Los Angeles||Public Advocates Inc.||Parent Institute for Quality Education||ACLU of California|
|CARECEN – Los Angele||United Ways of California||United Way of the Bay Area||Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)|
|The Civil Rights Project (UCLA)|
SB 1174 (Lara) repeals current law requiring English Only placement for English Learners while still maintaining English language development, access to all content areas and providing program opportunities for all students to become multiliterate.
Urge Governor Brown to sign this bill, so all students will be given access to a critical 21st Century skill; the ability to speak, read and write more than one language proficiently, including English!
SB 1174 (Lara) removes a barrier created by Proposition 227 preventing English learners from participating in the most effective programs by repealing the English Only placement requirement.
SB 1174 (Lara) supports preparation for students to effectively participate in our state’s diverse and global economy by encouraging school districts to provide programs that promote multiliteracy for all students.
Take action by contacting Governor Brown
By phone: Call the Office of Governor Brown at 916-445-2841
between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. weekdays. Ask to speak to the
Legislative Representative assigned to SB 1174 (Lara) and state:
“Hello, my name is _____ and I am a (parent/educator) and I support SB 1174 (Lara) English Language Education. I urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1174 (Lara) because it will provide all of our children/students with a critical 21 Century skill, that of speaking, reading and writing proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. The knowledge of languages will empower our children/students to effectively participate in our diverse state and global economy.”
Send a letter urging the Governor to sign SB 1174 (Lara) so that all students are provided the critical 21st Century skill of one or more languages, in addition to English
On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, AB 2303 (Bloom) will be heard and voted on in the Assembly Education Committee. This bill would: Establish a state recognition program for school districts with articulated and comprehensive multiple pathways to biliteracy programs preK – 12th grade. Define the criteria for receiving the multiple pathways district recognition. Provide descriptions of program models and language learning opportunities that can be combined into comprehensive pathways, prek – 12th grade. For more details download the attached fact sheet on the bill. Take Action Now!!! Download the sample letter,sign it and fax to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan at 916-319-2187 to support the passage of AB 2303. Have others sign a letter and fax today.
The enactment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provisions has created a new landscape for California school finance. Much confusion exists about what the impact of LCFF is on district responsibilities regarding programs for English Learners (EL). In addition, California Rural Legal assistance (CRLA), California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE and Californians Together sent a letter to all district and county superintendents as a reminder of the continuing state and federal obligations with respect to both programs and funding of services of EL. Download the full letter below and a power point to explain the content of the letter. Californians Together, CRLA, CABE and California Latino School Boards Association have been providing workshops for DELAC members and parent leaders across the state. Below are resources from the training and tools that can be used with parents and educators.LCFF Superintendent Letter LCFF Powerpoint LCFF for Parent Training PPT in Spanish LCFF for Parent Training PPT in English Suggested Roles for DELACs – English Suggested Roles for DELACs -Spanish EL Strategies aligned to 8 State Priorities – English EL Strategies aligned to 8 state priorities – Spanish UCP Complaint Form aligned to LCFF – English UCP Complaint Form aligned to LCFF – Spanish