Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Legislative acts: How will they impact ELLs?

The Sacramento State Doctorate in Educational Leadership Speaker Series kicks off for the 2016-2017 academic year with a discussion of public school funding at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the University Union Delta Room.

The speaker is Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education Policy and Evaluation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He has published extensively on K-12 education finance, policy, parent engagement and their impact on opportunity, equity and outcomes in ethnically and linguistically diverse low-income communities.

His talk, “Examining K-12 school funding Legislation for English Language Learners in California: From Bilingual Education Act to Local Control Funding Formula,” will provide a historical analysis of school funding legislation for English Language Learners in California.

This historical legislative analysis reveals that initially a strong link existed between funding for English Language Learners through bilingual education and a pervasive underfunding of ELLs. However, bilingual education was severely weakened by the sunsetting of the Chacon-Moscone Bilingual Bicultural Education Act in 1986, followed by Proposition 227 in 1998. At the federal level, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) further weakened support for ELLs.

California, however, has once again begun to promote biliteracy and a new wave of school funding through the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and the Local Control Funding Formula in California.

Dr. Jiménez-Castellanos will discuss these developments and ask: “How might these legislative acts impact ELLs and funding in the future? What are some lessons learned?”

Admission is free and open to the public. Directions to the University Union and a campus map are available at http://www.csus.edu/campusmap/.

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