Minn. educators explore options to help English-language learners

12/17/2012 | Minnesota Public Radio

Educators in Minnesota are working to develop new approaches to help improve the academic performance of English-language learners. One school in the state -- where about 8% of students are learning English -- enrolls non-English-speaking students in a daily two-hour "newcomer" class to help familiarize them with the language, as well as American and school culture. Even with the focused attention, achievement among English-language learners continues to lag, and educators say they are working to devise a new program that could serve as a model.

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