Campus: CSU Long Beach -- December 21, 2001
CSULB Center for Language Minority Education and Research
Receives $1.3 Million Contract from Los Angeles Unified School District
The Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) at California
State University, Long Beach received the third installment of a $1.3
million contract from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
to conduct a program evaluation of the district's English Language and
Intensive Literacy Program (ELILP).
Cal State Long Beach Professor J. David Ramirez, executive director of
CLMER, will lead a team of researchers in the evaluation. The district
initially contracted with CLMER in January 2001 for $100,000. It then
expanded the contract to $700,000 after six months, and increased that
figure with an additional $600,000 in December.
In recent years, literacy and English language development have been the
much-discussed topics at the national, state and district levels.
As the LAUSD noted in its grant application, it is the second largest
district in the country with the highest number of English Language Learners
(ELL). In the year 2000, the district's student population reached approximately
716,000, of which 312,000 (43.6 percent) are designated ELL, representing
21 percent of the entire state of California's ELL population.
A California Department of Education grant was awarded to LAUSD to implement
ELILP into its schools and to comply with the grant's requirements. To
do so, LAUSD contracted with CLMER to assist local districts and schools
in putting the program into operation and measuring its effectiveness
by facilitating data collection, analysis, preparation of various instruments
and reports, and writing, preparing and disseminating a final report due
CLMER was selected by LAUSD to assist them with the ELILP implementation
because it is a non-profit, non-partisan university-based organization
engaged in interdisciplinary, collaborative programs that focus on issues
that impact linguistic minorities.
CLMER is staffed with approximately 30 professional development specialists
and admin-istrative personnel from around the globe who are involved in
projects that provide comprehensive services to diverse populations in
order to effect systemic change in the educational system.