September 2010 Archives

Well-Known ELL Expert Says Simplified Texts Are a Problem

A respected researcher on English-language learners, Lily Wong Fillmore, gave an impassioned plea at a conference this week for schools not to dumb down texts for English-language learners.


What's the Future of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights?

Reporters from mainstream newspapers didn't show up to cover a conference hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights but used the event as an opportunity to report on the future prospects of the commission.


California Adopted the Common Standards—Sans Preface

When California adopted the common core standards, it didn't accept the preface material, which includes an introduction and spells out how to apply the standards to English-language learners or students with disabilities.


Civil Rights Groups Say Race to the Top Ignored ELLs

The needs of English-language learners weren't on the radar screen of reviewers who judged states' applications for the $3.4 billion federal Race to the Top competition, some members of civil rights groups contend.


A 'Language-Independent' Math Program?

I'm intrigued by a description of a supplementary computer math program than is described as a learning tool that "doesn't require any language at all."


Book Club Discussion To Focus on Illegal Immigration Issue

Education Week Teacher is hosing an online discussion the week of Oct. 25-29 with Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.


The DREAM Act Deferred

The U.S. Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed yesterday to proceed with a defense authorization bill and attach the DREAM Act to it.


Arne Duncan Urges Passage of 'DREAM Act'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has sent a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell expressing "full support" for passage of the DREAM Act, he said this afternoon in a conference call.


Tucson Students Defend Value of Ethnic-Studies Courses

Arizona's legislature and top education official are bent on shutting down ethnic-studies courses taught at Tucson Unified School District, but students in those courses say they hope their school district prevails in continuing to offer them.


Scholar Calls Plyler v. Doe Ruling 'Resilient'

The 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that students are entitled to a free K-12 education regardless of their immigration status has been "resilient," in part because of strong backing from educators over the years, a law scholar says in an analysis of the ruling.


Good Read: The Impact of Deportation on One Family

A journalist and photojournalist for the San Jose Mercury News provide insight into issues about illegal immigration by following a family for a year after the father is deported and as the mother fights an order to be deported as well.


Illinois Preschools Carry Out New Bilingual Ed. Mandate

Illinois public preschools are implementing the new requirement in their state to provide bilingual education.


National Civil Rights Conference Has No Latinos on Panels

A full-day conference this week hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights didn't have any speakers on panels who were Latinos.


Tom Horne: Feds' Stance on ELL Issues is 'Ridiculous'

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne explains some of this thinking behind policies in Arizona for English-language learners in an interview with National Public Radio this week.


Ariz. Ed. Officials Talk About Teacher Fluency Issue

An official from the Arizona Department of Education clarified that officials from that department aren't trying to single out teachers whose first language isn't English or pressure schools to remove them from schools.


Bilingual Study Gets Good Marks From 'What Works'

The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse determines that a randomized-control study comparing the reading achievement of English-learners in bilingual education and English immersion was well-implemented.


The Latest Research on Teaching Science to ELLs

Researchers for the Center for Applied Linguistics have just documented the success of two interventions for teaching science to English-language learners


Feds Are Investigating Arizona's Stance on Teacher Fluency

Arizona's superintendent of public instruction says the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are investigating whether the state discriminates against teachers whose first language isn't English, according to the Associated Press.


Trend Watch: Formative Assessments for Secondary ELLs

Increasingly, researchers seem to be developing teaching and learning tools for English-language learners at the secondary level.


An English-Learner Finds His Voice to Combat School Violence

Duong Nghe Ly, an English-learner from Vietnam, is one of about 50 Asian students who boycotted South Philadelphia High School last year for a week in an attempt to get school administrators and others to take action to make the school safe for Asian students.


Arizona's 4-Hour Program Doesn't Affect 41 Percent of Schools

Forty-one percent of Arizona's schools have been exempted from carrying out the state's mandate to separate English-language learners from other students for four hours a day to learn English skills because the schools have 19 or fewer ELLs.


Arizona State Didn't Turn Over Confidential ELL Data

Arizona State University decided to withdraw an expert witness for the federal court case Miriam Flores v. State of Arizona, rather than turn over to the court information from an ELL study that had been promised to remain confidential.


Hearing on Federal ELL Case Gets Under Way in Arizona

As an evidentiary hearing opens in the Horne v. Flores court case, some supporters of the parents involved in the case have shown up to watch.


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