Education experts grapple with narrowing English learner achievement gap in California

Lawmakers and academics met Monday at Cal State Long Beach to discuss helping English-learner students in the state get a high school diploma and go on to college.

The Assembly Education Committee convened in the CSULB Student Union to learn more about roughly 1.4 million English learners who make up 22 percent of all enrolled students.

"Our schools serve nearly one in three English learners in the country," said Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, who chairs the committee. "That's one in three across our nation (attending) our public schools. What we do here matters, not just to the success of California's public schools, but for our nation as a whole."