Only 51 percent of New Yorkers speak only English at home. Spanish speakers make up most of the non-English population, about 25 percent of the city. Since approximately 1.87 million residents are speaking Spanish in New York, the governor has noticed that not everyone has the resources and time to commit to learning English. Learning English could significantly improve the lives of many New York immigrants, and the city wants to give back to a community that has given so much to them economically.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made New York the first state to offer English lessons via smartphones as part of a pilot program run by the social venture Cell-ED, according to an April 28 Latin Times article. Continue reading “New York Governor Announces ESL Program for NY Spanish-Speakers”