From M-Live.com comes this article
about the special demands of English language education in Michigan.
From the article:
The Kelloggsville Early Childhood Center has reached a tipping point. The school now has more students who need to be taught English than those who don't. The students come from homes where any number of Hispanic dialects are used, or where Vietnamese, Chinese, Bosnian or Italian are spoken.
"It's diverse," said Tammy Savage, the district's director of literacy and media.
While the district overall has 30 percent of English Language Learners, or ELL, among its total enrollment, the Early Childhood Center has 57 percent.
While the per-student cost of educating traditional students is about $7,000, the cost for ELL students ranges from $10,000 to $11,000, depending on the services they need, said Casey Gordon, ELL and world language coordinator at the Kent Intermediate School District.
"They may need extra teachers and (para-professionals), additional programs, software and books," Gordon said.
Districts such as Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming have large numbers of ELL students, but they represent a smaller percentage of enrollment. Grand Rapids, for example, is Kent County's largest district. ELL students make up 20 percent of its enrollment.
In Holland, where one of every seven children is Hispanic, the numbers of ELL students are at a relatively low 9 percent. Holland Superintendent Brian Davis said two-thirds of those students are concentrated in eight district buildings.
Located about 30 miles west of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Grand Rapids is Michigan's second-largest city. Around the turn of the 20th Century it boasted a large furniture making industry and housed a predominately Dutch immigrant community. Today outlying areas still serve international markets with manufactured goods, among them proferssional office furniture and equipment. The area maintains relatively high standards of academic achievement.