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Date Posted: 23:44:36 08/19/13 Mon
Author: Joe Rizoli (holy @#it)
Author Host/IP: 22.214.171.124
Subject: YOU're Paying for ELL classes for teachers
Starting this fall, hundreds of teachers and school administrators in the region will have to begin taking state-mandated courses on how to better serve students who are learning English.
The new requirement will not cost teachers or their districts anything, however, and some officials in MetroWest say they wish even more of their staff could be trained how to deal with the growing population of non-native English speakers in their schools.
Called Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL), the new state initiative was spurred by a notification from the U.S. Department of Justice two years ago that Massachusetts was not sufficiently training teachers to deal with the unique needs of English language learning students (ELLs). RETELL, which began with a cohort of mostly urban school districts last year, requires all public school teachers with at least one ELL student in their classroom as well as the administrators above them to take a 10- to 45-hour course in Sheltered English Instruction, which is intended to help them better understand and teach those children.
This year, that requirement extends to a second cohort of many more districts, including Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, Wayland, and Westborough. Teachers and administrators within those districts who the state has deemed eligible must complete the training within the next three years in order to keep their educator license.
"I see it as a helpful step that simply has been something we've needed to do for a while," said Superintendent Stacy Scott of Framingham, which has 246 staff members who have to complete the courses. "It's the right thing for us to do."
"Quite honestly, I wish it were everyone (taking the course)," said Maureen Greulich, instructional leadership director for the Marlborough schools, which have 150 teachers and administrators who must take the training. "We're really excited about this initiative. We really feel like we're poised to respond to the changing needs of our demographics."
The requirement only applies to core academic instructors, however, she said, and not to those who teach music, art or health, for example. The other condition for those teachers to have at least one ELL student is itself a difficult one to pin down, said Hudson Assistant Superintendent Jodi Fortuna, who called those instructors a "moving target" in her district.
"Just because they don't have one this year doesn't mean they won't have one next year," said Fortuna, who reported approximately 115 staff members in Hudson have been targeted for training.
Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x511614932/English-Language-Learner-training-mandate-kicks-in-this-fall#ixzz2cUNPJdJz
Joe Rizoli Guest
What did everybody say to us for years? No, illegal immigration won't cause a big problem in our towns. Well here is the proof. So how much is this going to cost the schools? You can bet they don't want to talk about this added expense. So let's look at the tally sheet here.
1.Schools change the rules for SAT scores because the people who can't speak English get a better chance.
Meanwhile YOUR kids are brought down a few notches from a real good educational process to help ENGLISH Americans.
2. Teachers now need to take other than English courses to keep up with the influx of Illegal immigrant children in the schools. Geee.... never saw that coming.
3. Taxpayers paying for ADULT ESL course for Illegal immigrants in Framingham taking the ADULT ESL PLUS program even though it violates the 1996 Welfare Reform Act...YOU the taxpayers are paying handsomely for this.
Don't worry it won't stop people.......and YOUR paying for it.........
Have the countries of origin pay the bill for all this being charged to the American public. But that is too simple isn't it?«
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