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Rep. Cory Atkins passes bill for ELL programs – News – The Concord Journal

Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will enable districts to implement alternative English language learner programs.

Understanding that Massachusetts’ ELL population is diverse, the proposed change will allow for flexibility so that districts can tailor programs to better meet the specific needs of their ELL population.

“I applaud my colleagues for developing a policy that reflects the actual needs of the increasingly diverse student population of the commonwealth,” said Atkins.

English learners are the fastest growing student population in Massachusetts. While academic achievement has improved for other minority populations, significant achievement gaps persist for ELL students. This legislation seeks to remedy that discrepancy.

“Every student has unique needs, and it is our obligation…

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