Solis’ PRIDE Act Ensures English Language Learners Succeed

Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) introduced the Providing Resources to Improve Dual-Language Education (PRIDE) Act. This legislation would provide grants to establish dual-language education programs for low-income children attending public schools across the country.

This bill has the support of numerous organizations including National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation and the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI).

“We must provide our schools with the necessary tools to ensure each child’s success.  Dual language programs can play a significant role in closing the education gap for low-income students,” said Congresswoman Solis.

“I am proud that the PRIDE Act will ensure low-income students, both English speakers and English language learners, can benefit from dual language programs.  Through programs such as those in the PRIDE Act, our students can have access to high-quality early childhood education programs and gain the skills to compete in a global economy.”

“Research shows that children in well-implemented dual-language programs tend to do as well or better than their peers in other educational programs.  Yet children from low-income families have less access to these programs. Congresswoman Solis’ PRIDE Act will ensure that low-income students across the country have access to effective dual-language education programs from preschool through fifth grade that include teacher training, parent involvement, and a rigorous assessment system.” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.

“NBCDI recognizes the necessity of closing the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students and between white and children of color.  Our children, like all children, are entitled to a culturally grounded education that increases their chances to be successful in school. The PRIDE Act is a step in the right direction in providing more resources and opportunities for our community to gain equal footing,” said NBCDI’s President Carol Brunson.

This bill also has three original cosponsors including Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15) and Rep. James McGovern (MA-3).

Fuente: www.house.gov/solis   

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