LAUSD Officials, Education Experts to Brief Congress on NCLB's Impact on English Language Learners

Sep 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles Unified School District

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Officials of the Los
 Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest district, will
 brief members of Congress and staff on the impact of the No Child Left
 Behind law on English language learners and set forth recommended
 improvements to the law.
     Between five and six million English Language Learners ("ELLs") are
 enrolled in public schools in the United States. NCLB was designed to
 guarantee that schools and districts were held accountable for teaching
 these students English and measuring their academic progress with tests
 they could understand. Unfortunately, the law has provided neither the
 resources, nor the guidance, to ensure that ELLs are tested fairly and
 learning well.
     LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer and other experts will discuss the
 federal commitment necessary to fully address the needs of ELL students.
     WHAT:   Congressional Staff Briefing: NCLB's Impact on English
             Language Learners
             (Lunch will be served.)
     WHO:    David L. Brewer III, Superintendent, LAUSD
             Monica Garcia, President, LAUSD Board
             Yolie Flores Aguilar, Member, LAUSD Board District 5
             Ludo Deschuytter, Secondary Coordinator, Language Acquisition Branch
             Peter Zamora, Co-Chair, Hispanic Education Coalition
     WHEN:   Thursday, September 27, 2007
             12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
     WHERE:  2261 Rayburn House Office Building
             U.S. Capitol

SOURCE Los Angeles Unified School District