English learners are increasing
Feb. 22, 2007
MESA - The number of students classified as English-language learners in Mesa
Public Schools has more than tripled over the past decade, impacting the way
schools hire staff, train teachers and instruct students.
The number of English learners has climbed from 2,913 eight years ago to an
estimated 9,109 this year, a rise of 213percent, according to records. At the
same time, the school district's overall enrollment has slipped the past two
For each student classified English learner under state law, as deemed by a
language-proficiency test, the district gets about $400 in state funding.
Attorneys are continuing to battle in federal court over whether the state
provides adequate funding for the students. This year in Mesa, English learner
enrollment is up by about 670, or 8 percent, over last year.