CUBE Presentation: Immigration and Urban School Districts - How Do You Meet the Needs of “All” Students?

By Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, Ph.D., Research and Policy Associate, Latin Policy Forum
2014 CUBE 47th Annual Conference, Miami, Florida

The public education system is not well prepared to meet the special needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. There is no strong consensus about the best way to serve these students and no major national program of financial aid to the urban school districts most affected by immigration. High dropout rates, among other indicators, point to the difficulties schools face in providing adequate and appropriate education for these students. The imperative of serving such students is only amplified with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which presents both challenges and opportunities for many linguistically and culturally diverse students on their way to learning English. This clinic outlined the benefits and challenges of the CCSS with respect to children from immigrant communities.

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