Ala. Puts Stop to Enrollment Policies That Discriminate Against Immigrants

State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice is requiring all school districts to use a common enrollment form and follow the same set of practices that will not discourage students to enroll because of their immigration status or that of their parents.


Louisiana District Agrees to Improve Services for English-Language Learners

Federal civil rights officials had been investigating complaints about inadequate services for English-learners and their families in the 46,000-student Jefferson Parish district.


More States Supporting Bilingualism With Special Seals on Diplomas

Biliteracy "seals" that recognize high school graduates with fluency in two or more languages are catching on in more states.


White House Seeks $3.7 Billion in Emergency Funding for Border Crisis

White House officials say the additional resources will help stem the tide of unaccompanied child migrants flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border.


White House: Most Unaccompanied Minors Will Be Sent Home

President Obama's press secretary says that few of the tens of thousands of child and youth migrants streaming into the United States from Central America are likely to be allowed to stay in this country.


Education Department Building Partnerships to Explore ELL Supports

The U.S. Education Department has awarded several research partnerships money to improve ELL student achievement.


Principal Surveys to Help Build Better ELL Policy

Researchers have launched a new tool to help policymakers better analyze and report the needs of shifting English-learner populations at schools from year to year.


ELL Accountability Could Complicate Florida's Bid for Waiver Extension

In its request to extend its waiver from No Child Left Behind, Florida seeks to return to its previous practice of waiting until recently arrived ELLs have been in U.S. schools for two years before factoring their scores on content tests into school accountability.


Florida Board Adopts New English-Language-Proficiency Standards

The Florida state board agreed to use English-language-proficiency standards developed by WIDA, a 35-state consortium that is also developing new assessments.


ELLs Grow in Number in England's Schools, Outperform Native Speakers

For the first time, students who are not native speakers of English outperformed their native-speaking peers on the English Baccalaureate exams.


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