New ELL rules not anti-immigrant, Florida education officials assert
Several members of the public showed up at the usually quiet Florida Board of Education meeting this morning in Orlando to oppose new rules relating to English language learners.
The changes would give parents more options in declining services, and also would put more emphasis on a test to determine whether students are English language proficient.
Speakers suggested the rules were unfair to people who have moved to the United States seeking to live the American dream, of which education plays a critical role. Department leaders disagreed.
"The rules before you are in no way anti-immigrant," commissioner Gerard Robinson assured the board.
After the board adopted the rule changes, with vice chairman Roberto Martinez opposed, board member Akshay Desai reiterated the point that the state in no way seeks to hurt immigrants. The activists certainly will let the department know what happens as a result.