Florida Officials Will Fight Feds Over Testing of English-Language Learners

The governor and two education officials say they are requesting the U.S. Department of Education reverse its decision that Florida must include test results for the newest English-learners in its accountability system.


One Unaccompanied Minor's Story: 12-Year-Old David From Honduras

David is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived in the United State since last fall, bringing traumatic experiences, harsh memories, and hopes for a chance to stay permanently.


ELLs to Keep Increasing as K-12 Schools Cross 'Majority-Minority' Threshold

The 2014-15 year is projected to be the first in which white students will no longer be the majority in K-12 public schools, and as public schools grow more diverse, the number of second-language learner is expected to keep rising.


Florida Unlikely to Change ELL Testing Policy, Despite Ed. Dept. Objections

The U.S. Department of Education approved a one-year extension of Florida's waiver from No Child Left Behind even though a new state law on testing English-learners is in conflict with federal law.


At Behest of Feds, Michigan District Agrees to Improve Services for ELLs

The Crestwood school district, which serves a large population of Arab-American students, has agreed to hire more bilingual staff members, improve language instruction, and better communicate with parents who do not speak English.


Teachers of English-Learners Feel Least Prepared for Common Core, Survey Finds

An October 2013 survey of teachers by the Education Week Research Center shows that teachers feel least confident in their preparation to teach the common-core standards to English-language learners.


California Judge Says State Failed Thousands of English-Learners

A Los Angeles judge agreed with plaintiffs that state education officials failed to monitor districts that were not providing English-language instruction to thousands of ELLs.


Students Earning 'Biliteracy Seals' on Uptick in California

Nearly 25,000 graduating seniors earned the special designation for their multiple language skills in 2014.


Obama's Deferred Action Program: A Statistical Look at Youths' Participation

More than half of the 1.2 million undocumented immigrant youth who had met the requirements to seek relief from deportation have applied for the reprieve, according to a new Migration Policy Institute analysis.


In Fight Over Border Funding, House GOP Targets Reprieve for DREAMers

Conservative Republicans in the House want to scale back the Obama administration's deferred action program in exchange for their votes on a spending measure to address the border crisis.


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