The U.S. Department of Education needs to permit direct communication between state education officials and reviewers during the peer review process for state tests, a report by the General Accountability Office concludes.


The New York Times reports this week in an article, "Bhutan Refugees Find a Toehold in the Bronx," how a number of Bhutanese refugee families have formed what might be called a Bhutanese neighborhood in the Bronx.


The Hidalgo and the Pharr San-Juan Alamo independent school districts both carry out "effective, asset-based models" for instruction of English-language learners, according to an issue brief published by the American Youth Policy Forum. The organization sponsored a trip for congressional staffers and other policymakers to those districts in May to highlight how they were preparing ELLs for college and the workplace. As required by Texas law, both districts provide bilingual education at least through the 5th grade. The brief explains in detail how Pharr San-Juan Alamo runs a dual-language immersion program for students through the high school grades. More typically, ...


Both CNN and the Associated Press have reported this month that a school district superintendent in Del Rio, Texas, is cracking down on the enrollment of Mexican residents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border each day to attend school. Legally, school districts are obliged to enroll children who reside in the United States, regardless of their immigration status. They aren't required to take children who actually live in Mexico. Interestingly, the superintendent is Kelt Cooper, the superintendent of the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated School District. He's the same man who was hired by Arizona Superintendent of Instruction Tom ...


The North Carolina State Community College Board has reversed its earlier ban on admission of undocumented students to the state's community colleges, according to Inside Higher Education.


Some school districts are trying to figure out how to apply Response to Intervention, an approach for providing help to struggling students that's gotten lots of attention in the field of special education, to English-language learners.


Mexicans living in the United States are more likely than Puerto Ricans living here to say they speak English "less than very well," according to five profiles of Spanish-speaking groups published by the Pew Hispanic Center.


Claire Sylvan, the executive director of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, shares 12 tips on how to integrate children from immigrant families into schools.


English-language learners are much more inclined than regular mainstream students to set the bar high in talking about their "hopes and dreams," observes Larry Ferlazzo, a social studies and English teacher for both ELLs and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif.


I'm headed to Chicago for a reporting trip and don't expect to post anything on this blog until next Friday, Sept. 18....


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