July 2010 Archives

Lumina Foundation Aims to Steer More Latinos to College

Supporting programs that increase the preparedness of Latinos for college and help them to enroll is a grantmaking focus of the Lumina Foundation for Education based in Indianapolis, Ind.

A Refugee Resettlement Agency Offers Summer Classes

A refugee resettlement organization is using federal funds to run an educational program for refugee children this summer in New York City.

Federal Judge Puts Parts of Ariz. Immigration Law on Hold

A federal judge has blocked parts of Arizona's controversial immigration-enforcement law.

The Justice Department Provides Stats on ELL Investigations

Since the start of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice has opened more than 15 investigations into services for English-language learners, according to a spokeswoman for the department.

Is the Justice Department Becoming More Active on ELLs?

A Nevada school district expanded its position of director of English-as-a-second-language programs from a part-time to full-time position after the district was reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Trend Watch: How Can Teachers of ELLs Be Fairly Evaluated?

A research brief offers recommendations for how teacher evaluation protocols need to be better tailored for gauging the effectiveness of special education teachers and teachers of English-language learners.

The Creators of SIOP Give Advice on 'Response to Intervention'

Two of the researchers who created one of the most widely used professional development approaches for how to teach English-language learners have written a book on how "response to intervention," or RTI, can be implemented with English-language learners.

U.S. Reps. Push for Foreign-Language Teaching in ESEA

Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aim to make the teaching of foreign languages at the K-12 level a key part of reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Undocumented Students Risk Deportation for DREAM Act

Undocumented students are risking deportation by staging actions of civil disobedience this week in Washington to push for passage of the DREAM Act.

The Feds Give an Update on ELL Demographics

About 5 percent of all elementary and secondary students in the United States speak a language other than English at home and have difficulty speaking English, according to parent surveys, says a federal trend report.

The Onion Pokes Fun at Education Politics in Arizona

The Onion newspaper makes education politics in Arizona the object of satire.

Feds Say Districts Can't End Services to ELLs 'Prematurely'

An official of the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice says that an English-language learner has a right to receive language support until he or she becomes proficient in English.

Study: DREAM Act Isn't Likely to Benefit Many

Not many of the 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in this country who meet the age, duration of U.S. residency, and arrival age that would make them eligible for conditional legalization under a bill pending in Congress are likely to get legal status if the bill is enacted, a study says.

Revisiting the Native American Languages Act of 1990

The Native American Languages Act of 1990 says that it's the policy of the United States to "encourage and support the use of Native American languages as a medium of instruction."

Resource: A Bilingual Glossary for Math

Velázquez Press has published a Spanish and English glossary with math terms and phrases.

Illinois Rules to Identify ELLs in Preschool Will Go Forward

Rules adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education that require all public preschools in the state to identify preschoolers who are English-language learners and provide them with bilingual education will soon go into effect.

Policymakers Take Gates-Funded Trip to Study ELLs

The American Youth Policy Forum has published a policy brief about what state policymakers learned during a May "fact-finding trip" to Austin, Texas, about the education of English-language learners.

Calif. Ed. Agency Releases Research-Based Guide for ELLs

The California Department of Education has published a guide with effective practices for educating English-language learners with chapters written by many of the best-known researchers in the field.

Arizona May Provide More Flexibility for Its ELL Program

The number two education official at the Arizona Department of Education has asked Arizona's task force charged with recommending policies for educating English-language learners to consider some changes in the state's controversial four-hour program, the official reported to me in an e-mail message.

Book: How to Teach English-Learners Under the Age of 5

Teachers College Press has published a book that synthesizes research on how best to educate preschoolers whose native language isn't English.

The Saddest Story About Refugees in the U.S. You'll Ever Read

A series about the profound loss and confusion a Burmese refugee couple experiences after their 7-year-old daughter is murdered in Salt Lake City is a "runner-up" winner for one of the categories of the Casey Medals For Meritorious Journalism.

What's the Cost of Educating Children of the Undocumented?

An organization that seeks to halt illegal immigration to this country has put out a report saying that educating the children of undocumented immigrants costs $52 billion and is the largest public expense for providing services to families with undocumented parents.

Justice Department Files Suit Against Ariz. Immigration Law

News outlets have reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a legal challenge in federal court today challenging Arizona's controversial immigration-enforcement law.

Groups Welcome New Federal ELL Official, Critique Policies

Two organizations concerned with the education of English-language learners have written letters welcoming the U.S. Department of Education's new director of the office of English-language acquisition and critiquing current federal policies for ELLs.

Study: Math Test Items With Modified English Do Their Job

Modifying the English on math test items doesn't change the math knowledge assessed, concludes a study on math testing accommodations conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory West and released this week by the Institute of Education Sciences.

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