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    Describe significant legislation that has shaped federal and state policies for language in the United States in the last 30 years. What are the effects of these policies, particularly in the education system? Include a discussion about the English-only legislation that is occurring throughout the United States.

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    The most significant legislation in my opinion to shape federal and state policy is The Bilingual Education Act, Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1968 (or BEA). This is because this act represented the first time that the issue of English Language Learners was attempted to be addressed in a nation synonymous with immigrants. Prior to this act, the issue of children from parents who immigrated to this country and did not speak English was not addressed. This legislation enabled the millions of immigrant children that were ...

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