Factors Influencing the Implementation of Language Assistance Programs

by Patricia C. Gandara, Marta Samulon

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The primary objective of this study is to provide an overview of existing local language assistance programs, the political and educational climates in which they function, and the language assistance constituencies' perceptions of government regulation. Section II reviews the design of the study and the general characteristics of the sites selected for the sample. Section III presents an overview of the kinds of programs that have been implemented in the local educational agencies and discusses some of the problems they have faced. Section IV discusses the major factors that appear to affect the implementation and functioning of language assistance programs. Section V summarizes the analysis of the information gathered and proposes a set of recommendations for the federal response to the needs of language minority children. Finally, detailed descriptions of each of the study sites are given in the appendix.

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