The purpose for this research paper is to bring clarity to the current English Language Learner programs present in our public-school systems and how effective they are in educating our immigrant children here in America. The research I have done provides an overview of what history has accomplished in relation to educating immigrant children, the barriers that immigrant children and their families face in their social environment that affects their education, and how policies can change to improve their education and aid our immigrant children in accomplishing achievement scholastically. History shows that the United States has come a long way in educating immigrants settling in America. However, history also shows that there is room for improvement in the programs the American public-school system uses to educate these immigrant children. There are many barriers that are effecting the education of these children. These barriers keep our immigrant children from learning at optimal level and keep America from being able to compete nationally in education. There are policy changes that can be made to improve how America educates their immigrant population to improve their lives and help America be able to compete nationally in education.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Kala Chakradhar

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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