Educational Excellence and Equity for ELLs
The National Association for Bilingual Education is more than a professional organization. Since its
founding in 1976, NABE has also been a tireless advocate for language-minority students. We have
worked actively to promote educational excellence and equity for this long-undeserved group. In
concrete terms, this has meant:
1. Advocacy for federal and state legislation to address the unique needs
of English language learners. Letter sent to Honorable Dianne Feinstein
and Honorable Barbara Boxer.
2. Advocacy for adequate funding, well trained teachers, appropriate
assessments, and other resources for English learner programs. Advocacy
for equal educational opportunity, including strong civil-rights policies and
aggressive enforcement of the Lau v. Nichols decision.
3. Advocacy against political attacks on language-minority communities,
such as the English Only movement and anti-bilingual-education initiatives.
Despite political resistance, we have seen significant progress in all these areas over the years.
However, the school reform landscape has changed, with the advent of the standards-and-goals
movement, high-stakes testing, and all-out attacks on public education. In particular, the
BilingualEducation Act was repealed and replaced by the No Child Left Behind Act. NABE plans to rise
to meet these new challenges. We hope you will return frequently to our Advocacy pages for the
latest information on legislative and policy issues affecting English language learners.