Colorado Editorials

Steamboat Pilot & Today: Supporting ELL students benefits the community

Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - April 21, 2018 - Updated: April 21, 2018

Steamboat Pilot & Today has been reporting for quite a few years about the school district’s ongoing efforts to assimilate non-native speakers from primary grades to the high school into its classrooms.

But we were surprised this week to learn that there are currently 278 English language learner students representing more than 8 percent of the student population currently enrolled in our schools, and they represent dozens of native countries.

A small but passionate group of ELL teachers appeared before the school board April 16 asking its members to consider increasing tentative funding levels to support additional ELL teachers in the secondary grades in the 2018-19 budget.


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