Lack of Educational Resources for Non-Native English Students

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

Infographic: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_wChOTuG5ZIID2ASJKsTlPvT58c4KrTEYFKzadj_tR4/edit

2. Persona and POV statement Persona:

Katherine Smith

Age: 32

Worker at CAN in Ann Arbor full time

Americorp Worker

Two Children

“I feel as if I am not supporting my children to my greatest extent, and missing from their lives but I am conflicted because of the help I’m providing in the Michigan schooling system.”

 

About:

-Single Mother

-Drives over an hour for work each day to elementary and middle schools CAN after school program

-Upon arrival at her house, Katherine needs to drive her daughter to dance and son to soccer

-Cries about the children in her program when leaving because she classifies herself as an “overachiever” whose pay does not match her duties

 

Goals:

-Spend more time with her children

-Learn to speak fluent spanish

-Reduce the achievement gap in the Elementary Schools in the Ann Arbor Area

-Buy a car that does not break down each time the temperature drops below twenty degrees

SOLUTION ONE: The government will fund after-school programs for children in need of extra-assitance, which will specifically focus on students who are learning English as a second language.

SOLUTION TWO: Each school district will individually evaluate each second-language English student to assess each student's abilities, and place them individually into class levels and extra counseling services based on each of their needs.

SOLUTION THREE The government funds the hiring of teachers for after-school programming for students in need, so that Americorp workers receive an increase in income, as the students will benefit from experience with first-hand instructors, benefitting the entirety of the academic structure in the state of Michigan.

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA. The ESSA was enacted to instill new directions, assessment, accountability, and supports for schools and students, and educator quality.

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

With 662,000 students being of foreign descent (7% of Michigan's student population), these large volumes of students are at a disadvantage in their learning experience due to the lack of funding into programming for second language English students. Being that there is an unavailability of hiring of appropriate instructors for the students in need, proficiency levels are failing. The larger Michigan second language English student population is struggling predominately due to the absence of resources being provided. Being that Detroit hosts one  the lowest income populations of the U.S. cities, the inner-city schooling system is failing at providing assistance for language proficiency.

Following the presentation shared by Community Action Network of Ann Arbor regarding the lack of guidance provided to many impoverished students, much in which also did not speak English as their primary language, I realized I wanted to join in on the efforts being pursued for the education of these children. As I continued to research regarding the education of minorities in inner-city school districts, I realized that much action needed to be taken in the Greater Detroit area, as well as the entirety of the state of Michigan.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

During my weekly attendance at Mitchell Elementary School, I have tutored middle school and elementary school children in their homework. During these sessions, I have directly observed the struggles of the students who do not speak English as their primary language. When being met with the parents after each day, my heart aches in the hardship that these students endure on a daily basis. While some of these parents attend pick up, the dysfunctionality becomes evident as they appear intoxicated, or simply not capable of caring for a child. As these students' lives at home is just one aspect of this issue, schools should be a productive environment free from these stressors. With high percentages of these classes being second-language English students, the troubles only worsen. The lack of resources provided in the traditional schooling system is not feasible for the success of the students. The ESL students are struggling to meet grade level academics.

 

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_wChOTuG5ZIID2ASJKsTlPvT58c4KrTEYFKzadj_tR4/edit

Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: Super intendant of the Detroit Public Schools

CONSULTATION 2: Douglas Harris Senior Fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy

CONSULTATION 3:  Libby Gazley Director of CAN at Mitchell Elementary School

 

 

Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

 

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

 

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

FORMAL PROPOSAL

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS....The state of Michigan's Education structure is lacking ability to allocate the funds to provide necessary services for students who learn English as a Second Language

WHEREAS.... The Michigan Schooling System is lacking attention to the reality that not all students have identical needs.

WHEREAS…. The State of Michigan has guaranteed a requirement for each limited proficient English (LEP) student to meet their individualized needs.

WHEREAS….There is a gap between the guarantee implemented by the State of Michigan, and what is actually occuring.

 

WHEREAS….There are possible effective interventions and solutions.

 

WHEREAS...66% of students in the Michigan public schools are LEP students.

 

WHEREAS….The English Language Learners program that has been implemented to offer alternative services and accomodations, such as daily instruction and state assesments is not effective as need be.

 

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THERFORE IT BE RESOLVED...

1. The government will focus on implementing seperate classes for ESL students in each school district, so they are not integrated with the students who are proficient in these languages, as not all students belong in the same level of course material

2. Each school district will individually evaluate each second-language English student to assess each student's abilities, and place them individually into class levels and extra counseling services based on each of their needs.

3. The government funds the hiring of teachers for after-school programming for students in need, so that Americorp workers receive an increase in income, as the students will benefit from experience with first-hand instructors, benefitting the entirety of the academic structure in the state of Michigan.

4. Bilingual programs be implemented to encourage the education of simultaneously speaking in diverse languages

5. A pilot program be tested for 5 years at all public schools across Michigan to see 

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. The government will not provide funds because they cannot allocate these volumes of funds to a problem that only considers a percentage of the entirety of the state.

2. Parents will oppose paying extra tax money that will be allocated to the success of ESL students, when their children are not in this group of students. 

3. 

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?

While the current salary for an educator in Michigan is around $50,000-$83,000, there would need to be an implementation of an additional amount of these educators based on the size of the individualized district, along with the percentages of each amount of ESL students. The proposed legislations funding must come from government subsidies, along with money organized by each individual school districts resources, such as parent-teacher comittees or clubs. However, those whose students are not ESL students might propose opposition to funding education for other children.

(NEEDS HELP!!) 

 

References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

http://mitesol.org/Advocacy-Policy

http://www.colorincolorado.org/ell-family-outreach

https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2019/02/13/education-funding-michigan-english-as-a-second-language/2637418002/

 

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