- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House has approved a measure that would offer school districts greater flexibility to design programs for students who are learning to speak the English language.

Supporters of the bill that passed by a 151-2 vote on Wednesday said it would end a “one size fits all” approach to English-language immersion programs that fail to account for differing needs of individual students.

In 2002, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question restricting bilingual education programs in public schools.

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says current policies that call for immersing students in the English language with the goal of helping them learn faster have been an “abject failure.” The Boston Democrat says about 64 percent of English language learners graduate high school in four years, compared to 87 percent of students overall.

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