Webcast: School Funding and English Language Learners

Replay the video from the Intercultural Development Research Association presentation of New Research on Securing Educational Equity and Excellence for English Language Learners in Texas Secondary Schools.

This research symposium presented the findings of Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, IDRA’s inaugural José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow. Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos conducted an important and timely empirical study to examine the amount of supplemental funding above the base funding level that is required to effectively implement appropriate services for English language learners at the secondary level in the State of Texas.

Thanks to the underwriting support of IDRA, anyone can replay the live webcast video right here on this page. Here is a link to the program. (Editor's note: The videos are in the playlist below. You are welcome to share them and if you view them on YouTube, you can get a link that will start the video at a specific point to highlight any of the speaker's comments.

Following the presentation, a panel will reflect on key themes and questions raised by the research and explore important implications of the research for education quality and equity for English learners in policy and practice. Panelists will be announced here when confirmed.

IDRA established the José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program in 2013 to honor the memory of IDRA founder, Dr. José Angel Cárdenas. The goal of the program is engage the nation’s most promising researchers in investigating school finance solutions that secure equity and excellence for all public school students.

According to the U.S. Census, nearly one in every ten U.S. public school students is classified as an English language learner (ELL); and the percentage of ELL students in public schools increased between 2002-03 and 2011-12 in all but 10 states.

"Assuring that students who are English language learners have access to a high-quality public education is crucial in Texas and around the country," says IDRA President Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel. "We anticipate that this research symposium will contribute importantly to the field."

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About Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos

An assistant professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos has published extensively in the area of K-12 education finance, policy and parent engagement and its impact on opportunity, equity and outcomes in low-income ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. He received his master’s degree in policy studies from San Diego State University and his doctorate in education from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been published in academic journals, such as Review of Educational Research, Bilingual Research Journal, Educational Considerations, and Journal of Latinos and Education. He is lead editor of the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE) Journal. Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos is a 2012 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. He was bestowed the honor of a Fulton Professor in 2011 and served as Arizona’s Acting Director of the University Research Council (URC) in Education.