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Report: Hispanic College Enrollment on the Rise

College-age Hispanics are enrolling at increasing rates and other groups show little or no growth, a new report says.


Case Against Ala. Immigration Law Set to Open on Wednesday

U.S. District Judge, Sharon Blackburn, will hear arguments Wednesday in the case against Alabama's tough new immigration law.


Obama Administration to Halt Low-Priority Youth Deportations

The Obama Administration announced Thursday it will halt all low-priority deportation cases in an effort to unclog the court system and focus on individuals who pose a threat to national security.


From Teacher to Journalist to Teacher

Today I bid farewell to my job at Education Week and to my authorship of this blog about English-language learners that I started four years ago.


Report: 'Academic Vocabulary' Lessons Boost Reading Skills

Word Generation, a new vocabulary program for middle school students, targets academic language to boost reading comprehension, particularly among ELLs.


Gates Joins Stanford ELL Project as Details Emerge

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $1 million to a Stanford University-led effort to develop English-language-proficiency resources for the states' common-core academic standards.


Making 'Common Core' Tests Accessible to All Students

A set of interoperability technology standards that permit states to share data and test items across states and that enables the tagging of test content in a way to make test questions more assessible to different kinds of English-language learners and students with disabilities got a lot of play yesterday in a public meeting about the tests being made for the states' common-core academic standards.


A Children's Novel by Chinua Achebe Comes to the U.S.

Random House has published a children's novel, Chike and the River, by Chinua Achebe, which the Nigeria-born writer first published in South Africa in 1966.


Resource: Reaching Out to Latino Families of ELLs

Adjusting one's approach to interacting with parents can produce positive outcomes is one of the messages in a book published by the ASCD, Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners.


ELL Group Files Brief in Ala. Immigration Case

An advocacy group for English-language learners has filed a "friend of the court" brief backing a class action that challenges Alabama's new law requiring educators to record the immigration status of students in schools.


Students' Immigration Status To Be Coded With "0" or "1" in Ala.

Alabama's new immigration law requires schools to obtain each child's immigration status. The law is currently being challenged as unconstitutional in court.


Trend Watch: A Spate of Research Awards on STEM and ELLs

The National Science Foundation is boosting a new direction in research by funding 32 projects currently for the study of English-language learners and science or ELLs and math.


Want to Curb Immigration? Invest in Education in Mexico

A writer for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs contends that Mexico's expanding and improving education system has led to a decrease in immigration to the United States.


ELLs Can Integrate Effectively, Reports Emphasize

Two new reports about English-language learners discuss some of the newest trends in education: charter schools and early-learning programs.


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