Educators: Immediate immersion frustrates immigrant children

09/25/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Children who arrive in the U.S. and settle in Massachusetts may face a nearly incomprehensible first month, educators say, thanks to a state law that requires students spend 30 days in an English-only classroom before being referred to a bilingual class. "Following the law is just making it more difficult for those students in terms of time lost from the curriculum," said principal Margaret Doyle, who says the month is hard on both teachers and children.

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