San Francisco Seeks Federal OK For Plan to Upgrade ELL Services

The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division praised the plan, calling it a "critical step toward ensuring that all students, no matter their language background, have an equal opportunity to access that dream."


More States Seek Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.


Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Arizona in Decades-Old ELL Case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state on Monday in Flores v. Arizona, a 23-year-old lawsuit challenging Arizona's requirement that ELLs spend more than half their school day learning English.


Arizona's ELL Program Draws Federal Scrutiny Once Again

State education leaders have often been at loggerheads with federal officials over the rights of the state's English-language learners.


Majority of Hispanics Want Young People to Speak Spanish, Survey Shows

Authors of the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends report say the findings indicate that bilingualism and preserving heritage languages are important in the United States' Hispanic community.


NEA Video Series Showcases Teaching Strategies for ELLs

One video shares the story of 4th grade student Gian Carlos, an ELL newcomer from Colombia, who's fluent in Spanish, but has little experience in English.


Houston's Two-Way Dual-Language Programs Best for ELLs, Study Finds

In a study of the Houston Independent School District, English-language learners in two-way dual-language programs had higher Spanish reading scores and consistently higher English performance in grade 5 than their ELL peers who were not in dual language.


What's the Top Home Language for ELLs?

The Migration Policy Institute and Middlebury Interactive Languages released separate reports on the topic this week. Their findings diverge on several key points.


Obama Administration Grants NCLB Waiver to Florida Tribal School

The U.S. Department of Education is taking the unusual step of giving a single, tribal school flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.


More Than Half of Houston's 2015 Valedictorians Were English-Learners

The district is reaping the benefits of its expanding commitment to bilingual education, but the graduation rates and state test scores of language-learners are still falling below expectations.


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