Civil rights groups say ELLs were left out of the Race to the Top

Three civil rights organizations are claiming English language learners were largely ignored in the federal Race to the Top grant competition and that reviewers did not consider whether states had successfully narrowed the learning gap between ELLs and their peers. "A lot of states weren't very specific [in their applications] in how they were going to serve ELLs," said Delia Pompa, vice president for education for the National Council of La Raza. Federal officials told the groups they plan to increase attention to ELLs in the winning states.

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