National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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This paper highlights changes in the legislative history of specialized education for students of limited English proficiency. It begins with the authorization of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 and examines the reauthorizations of the Act in 1974, 1978, 1984, and 1988. Important events surrounding legislative action are also described to offer greater understanding of the social and economic circumstances that influenced legislative changes. Since the Bilingual Education Act provides competitive grants that school districts and other educational institutions may apply for, the paper also examines the fiscal support provided by the federal government. (Contains 10 references.) (EV)