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The Impact of Spanish-only Preschool Classes on Young Latinos

Esther J. Cepeda: 

 Hold your breath for Latino members of the Illinois high school class of 2026. Who knows what recent changes in how they are to be taught will do for them. 

 Or to them. 

 New rules requiring pre-school English Language Learners (ELLs) to be educated according to the same standards as for kindergarten through 12th grade ELLs were adopted last month by the Illinois State Board of Education. The rules, which are expected to sail through the final legislative process in time for the 2010-2011 school year, will make Illinois the most prescriptive state in the union for identifying and educating English Language Learners. 

 This will affect hundreds of thousands of ELL students -- the fastest-growing segment of the study body in Illinois. 

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