Race for the top was an epic fail for English learners, so of course the SAUSD applied for it

Three civil rights groups contend the U.S. Department of Education failed to give adequate attention to the needs of English-language learners in the $3.4 billion Race to the Top state grant competition and say they plan to hold federal education officials accountable for promises they will give them more attention in the future, according to Education Week.

“The applications [for winners] rarely mentioned English-language learners, except in passing and rarely fleshed out any thought to how they were going to close the achievement gap for ELLs,” said Roger L. Rice, the executive director of Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy of Somerville, Mass., in an interview last week.

The Santa Ana Unified School District was the ONLY school district in Orange County, out of 28 school districts, that applied for the Race to the Top grant.

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