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Norman:

Thanks for providing your insight on this issue.  You mention a study
done by a national panel on educating ELL learners. Can you tell me
where I can find a copy of this report?

Thanks for your help.

Alan Stern
Educational Activities Software

Norman Stahl wrote:

>Thanks to Dan for posting the info about the new commission.
>
>One way to view this undertaking is from the vantage that the HEA is not
>likely to go as far as the President's shop wants to go in NCLBing higher
>education.  Hence, if Congress will not move in a particular manner
>(off-year elections will be here before you know it so Congress is likely
>keep HEA within the traditional boundaries), you put together a blue ribbon
>panel that will act in a manner you desire.
>
>The other way to look at it---you get what you deserve. The Ivy Tower will
>get yanked into the real world -- for good or bad. We tend as a profession
>(i.e., higher education) to ignore what has been requested of us from
>business and government (and these requests tend to be non-partisan).
>
>The K-12 arena and the educational researchers got NCLB with its narrowly
>defined forms of curriculum/instruction because folks would not provide the
>Feds with the type of SBR data requested (and for those who simply want to
>bash Bush, the foundations for NCLB and the nationalization of education
>were clearly evolving in the Clinton years.).
>
>The handwriting may already be on the wall given how such commission's
>work. It is likely that the members were given very direct marching orders.
>Furthermore, the selection process is such that a unified approval of a
>report with a particular bent is most likely. You do not organize a
>committee that will have a subpart author a minority report (as was done
>with the National Reading Panel).  Furthermore, you do not want a report
>coming out that you'll have to bury (e.g., the most recent national panel
>on educating ELL's) because the research findings did not march to the
>party line. Finally, you can bet that the staffers have all but written the
>report already (all but the wordsmithing).
>
>Please follow the crafting of the HEA. Write your Congress person.  Please
>consider writing to the members of the Spelling's commission with your
>views.
>
>For what it is worth---
>
>Norman A. Stahl
>Professor and Chair
>Literacy Education
>GA 147
>Northern Illinois University
>DeKalb, IL 60115
>
>Phone: (815) 753-9032
>FAX:   (815) 753-8563
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