Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, reacted today to the release of the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center’s Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population—How English-Language Learners Are Putting Schools to the Test:
“Quality Counts 2009 documents the many ways in which our education system continues to fail our students, especially those who do not speak or understand English. These students are at a particularly high risk of dropping out—which is especially disturbing since this demographic group is rapidly gaining ground as a growing, and influential, percentage of the American population. Unless we ensure they receive a high-quality education along with all students, we are at high risk of bankrupting our financial future.
“Quality Counts 2009 should provide Congress with the eye-opening reality check necessary to move strengthening and renewing the No Child Left Behind Act to the top of the legislative agenda.”
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