Funding an Equitable Education for English Learners in the United States

With nearly 10 percent of U.S. elementary and secondary students less than fully fluent in English, many school districts are struggling to develop the capacity to meet the needs of these nearly 5 million children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. More than two-thirds of these students live in the traditional immigrant-destination states of California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas. The states experiencing the greatest growth in EL enrollment, however, are new-destination states. Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee each saw their EL population grow more than 100 percent between 2000 and 2014.




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