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Howard Blume and Ben Ehrenreich

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In fact, it hasn’t fared well — at least not as far as one can determine given the lack of comprehensive data. Critics like to point out that only about 6.5 percent of California’s limited-English students were redesignated as fluent in English last year. In L.A. Unified, the number is......

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Enrique Soberanes knows one particular spot on the floor of the principal's office at Eastman Avenue Elementary School very well. It's a tile circle covering a metal utility plate held in place by four brass screws. He knows the spot because, as an Eastman student during the early '70s, he......