The Impact of Language Planning and Policy on High School Long-term English Language Learners in a Selected North Texas Urban District Page: III
This dissertation is dedicated to my husband and children who have been part of
my trials and tribulations in love and faith. I also dedicate this to my mother, Maria
Santos Pina, and to my father, Gregorio Pina, Jr. whose momentous death during my
doctoral studies did not allow me to celebrate this accomplishment with him. Their
spiritual faith, humbleness, wisdom, love and righteousness led me to this path.
Life took me through different paths that led me into the world of education.
Challenges gave me the opportunity to meet many who would influence me. There are
many who touched my life whom I now thank.
First and foremost, I am deeply grateful to all of my dissertation committee
members. As scholars, you listened, supported and encouraged me. Dr. James Laney,
thank you for seeing the big picture from the beginning. Your wisdom, patience, and
guidance brought together a dissertation committee focused on a current educational
issue. Dr. Richard Fossey, with experience in the political field, you shared and guided
me with your expertise in educational policy. Your role in my dissertation committee was
valuable. Dr. Ron Wilhelm, words cannot express my gratitude. As my major professor,
you embraced this topic of limited research and kept this moving forward. Your
guidance came with intricate details yet set with high professional standards. Your
patience gave me strength with a belief that it was possible. Dr. Lonnie Roy, a
statistician consultant and friend, I thank you for your patience and guidance on the
statistical analysis. Your knowledge guided the data collection, and the appropriate
statistical analysis needed for this case study.
Other educational professionals that I thank are: Dr. Claudia Sanchez, Dr. Janet
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Piña-Hinojosa, Isabella. The Impact of Language Planning and Policy on High School Long-term English Language Learners in a Selected North Texas Urban District, dissertation, December 2007; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5131/m1/4/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .