New York City schools will provide more help to immigrants and other English language learners and their families under a plan approved by the state.
State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. says the city plan will provide more options, support and services, including 125 new bilingual programs over the next three years. Parents will have a choice of the traditional approach of English as a Second Language or bilingual education, with some instruction carried out in Spanish or another language.
"English language learners are facing serious obstacles to academic success," King said Wednesday. "This plan removes a lot of those obstacles ... it's vital to our economy that we help ELL students succeed. If they're not successful, everyone suffers."