Walter Lara, 23, a graduate of Miami Dade College, gets a postponement on his deportation, which was scheduled for July 6.


The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Horne v. Flores, a case concerning English-language learners in Arizona, touches on a lot of the big questions that educators of these students have been discussing for decades. (Find my EdWeek article about the ruling here.) Which is better, a bilingual education or English-only approach? What are the best measures for telling if ELLs are making progress? What are the components of a solid program for ELLs? What's the relationship between funding and effectiveness of programs? Where should the bar be set for determining if ELLs have made sufficient progress? It's interesting to ...


Wisconsin becomes the 11th state to permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at state universities.


The Storm Lake school district in Iowa reviewed and revised its policies on English-language learners after a student of Lao descent refused to take and English-language-proficiency test because she believed she was fluent in English.


I'm out of the office on a reporting assignment. Look for posts again on this blog on July 1....


Update: Read my article about the U.S Supreme Court's ruling on Horne v. Flores here. I'm busy writing an article about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today on Horne v. Flores. The court remanded the case back to the lower courts for a closer examination of "changed circumstances" in programs for English-language learners since the original case was filed. Look for my upcoming article at edweek.org. In the meantime, you can learn the gist of the ruling (and also read the full ruling) at the School Law Blog....


Latino adolescents are happier and healthier if both they and their parents have one foot firmly planted in Latino culture and the other in U.S. culture, a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found. In other words, Latino adolescents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as abusing alcohol or drugs or dropping out of school, if they take steps to stay involved in their culture of heritage and their parents also take steps at the same time to integrate into U.S. culture. One example of how policymakers can ...


I've pointed out in articles or blog entries about half a dozen times over the last half year how New York City has an abysmally low graduation rate for ELLs. So it's only fair that I report that the graduation rate for ELLs increased 10 percentage points for the class of 2008 over the class of 2007, according to data that was just released this week. Here's an excerpt from a post by Gotham Schools about the city's graduation rates: The most remarkable increase came in the form of a 10-percentage point boost for the city’s English Language Learners—students...


While the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or "DREAM," Act has been introduced numerous times and then stalled in Congress, students who would benefit from the measure have been organizing, using social-networking tools to do so. The proposed act was last introduced March 26 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It would provide a path to legalization for undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools and attend college or serve in the military for two years. Education Week Assistant Director of Photography Christopher Powers and I reported for edweek.org on how several hundred immigrant youths, many ...


In two years, Arizona has more than doubled the rate of English-language learners that it reclassifies as fluent in the language, according to an article published today in the Arizona Republic. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne put out a press release this week saying the jump in the reclassification rate is a result of the state's new program for ELLs. In the new program, English-language learners receive four hours of English skills a day. The press release said Arizona reclassified 28.6 percent* of the state's 143,225 ELLs as fluent in English this school year, up from 12 ...


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