Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 504 today, which allocates state funding to ELL (English Language Learners) programs in Nevada schools. ELL instructional programs promote students’ English language proficiency and understanding of English-based academic content.
“Many Nevadans struggle everyday in our schools because our state lacks a fully funded ELL program,” Las Vegas-Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis said in a written statement. “As someone who could have benefited from this type of program, I understand how difficult it can be to learn the fundamentals of education without the proper support that ELL specialists provide.”
Sen. Joyce Woodhouse sponsored SB504 through the Education Committee, which also garnered support from Assemblywomen Marilyn Dondero-Loop and Olivia Diaz, and Assemblyman Andy Eisen.
“All Nevadans will benefit from this legislation,” Denis said. “Teachers will get to spend more time with their students while specialists will assist ELL students. Today makes an important step in the recognition of Nevada’s immigrant population and will allow our growing immigrant population to succeed in school and in the workforce.”