A History of Bilingual Education in the US: Examining the Politics of Language Policymaking

Author: Sarah C.K. Moore

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Multilingual Matters
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This book traces a history of bilingual education in the US, unveiling the pervasive role of politics and its influence on integrity of policy implementation. It introduces readers to once nationwide, systemic supports for diverse bilingual educational programs and situates particular instances and phases of its expansion and decline within related sociopolitical backdrops. The book includes overlooked details about key leaders and developments that affected programs under the Bilingual Education Act. It delves deeply into a past infrastructure: what it entailed, how it worked, and who was involved. This volume is essential reading for researchers, students, administrators, education leaders, bilingual advocates and related stakeholders invested in understanding the history of language education in the US for future planning, expansion, and enhancement of bilingual educational programs and promotion of equity and access.

Sarah C.K. Moore is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research interests include language policy and planning, education policy implementation, language educator preparation, language program development, and provision of virtual education. She has extensively studied restrictive language policies and their impact on minoritized language communities, with emphasis on educators' roles as interpreters and agents for advocacy. Her scholarship and academic activities also include exploring the efficacy of approaches to online educator preparation and professional development.


Foreword by Terrence G. Wiley


Chapter 1: A Racist White House

Chapter 2: Prequel to the Bilingual Education Act

Chapter 3: Early Bilingual Education and the Sociopolitical Backdrop

Chapter 4: Capacity Building

Chapter 5: Systemic Infrastructure

Chapter 6: Language Ideologies, Politics and Policymaking

Chapter 7: Current Endeavors and Future Possibilities

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