ELSF's Executive Director Crystal Gonzales wrote an opinion piece on The Hechinger Report about why U.S. educator secretary Miguel Cardona has the potential to make a difference for English learners—a difference that Gonzales, and ELSF, believe is long overdue. The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on education.
Gonzales writes: "Though English learners are the fastest-growing student population in U.S. schools, their needs are often seen and treated as secondary rather than as of equal importance to their peers’. And that has resulted in policies, textbooks, training and assessments for our nation’s 5 million ELs that seem like an afterthought. They are subpar compared to what their non-EL peers receive.
With a new secretary of education, Miguel Cardona, who was once categorized as an English learner himself, we hope these students will no longer be sidelined by our education system."
Read the full opinion piece on The Hechinger Report.