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1990's Education

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Amy Coyle

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By Amy Coyle Education in the 1990's The end of the 1980's marked a falling point in education. With SAT scores continually decreasing, parents, teachers, business leaders, and politicians across the nation demanded higher test scores. They wanted ineffective teachers removed from the classroom and a positive guarantee that students were learning. Teacher unions were continually fighting issues of merit-pay and the testing of employed teachers. The public began to demand an accounting for the quality of education that students were receiving. Constant comparisons were made to the abilities of children in other countries. The Beginnings The Americans with Disabilities Act was created in 1990 to make sure that people with disabilities were not discriminated against in school or at work. It also resulted in making discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. This also helped to prevent any student with a mental illness or disability from being rejected from school or work. Americans with Disabilities Act During the 1990s, the numbers of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in U.S. schools rose by over 100 percent. At the same time, immigrants began to settle in rural and suburban areas, in the Midwest and the Southeast, moving beyond the traditional immigrant receiving communities in California, Texas, New York, and Chicago. Federal and state requirements mandated the provision of language acquisition services, most commonly in the form of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to students identified as LEP. Due to the increasing number of immigrants in the 1990's, ESL programs in schools became very prominent. ESL in Schools The increasing number of immigrants in the 1990's also sparked multicultural influences in school. Teachers enhanced their lessons with activities and facts from other cultures and ethnicities, and showed students another side to the world. This enhanced the students' perspectives and knowledge about different cultures. The 199's marked a time of change for education. Multiculturalism
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