Title

Portland's English as a Second Language program is well-regarded nationally, and

Authors

Sarah Goodyear

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

1-15-1998

Pages

1, 10-15

Abstract

Portland's English as a Second Language program is well-regarded nationally, and has won recognition and grants from the federal government. The program currently serves 660 students, compared to 45 in 1985. Some of the students in the program say there are lower expectations for ESL students than for mainstream students, and spending four or more years in ESL classes can be frustrating. The Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is troubled by the Portland school system's treatment of students of color, and is concerned there are so few non-white teachers and administrators. The NAACP might challenge Portland's compliance with federal civil rights laws. Details.

Subjects

Civil rights -- Portland, Education -- Portland, English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Immigrants in Maine, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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