The new federal K-12 law could do more to hold all schools accountable for the education of non-native English-speaking students, who are overwhelmingly Spanish-speaking Latinos.
In a videotaped address to National Association of Bilingual Education members, John B. King Jr. touted the potential benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act for ELLs.
Under its Native Youth Community Projects, the U.S. Department of Education will make $17.4 million available to organizations, after awarding $5.3 million last year.
"I have a real connection, not only with the immigrant journey, but the English language journey," says Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda.
Testifying before the Senate education committee, Delia Pompa heaped praise on the Every Students Succeeds Act, but also expressed concerns.
The 10 most commonly reported home languages of English-learners are, in order: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, English, Vietnamese, Hmong, Haitian Creole, Somali, Russian, and Korean.
The featured schools, which have higher-than-average graduation and college-going rates, can serve as "North Stars" for educators struggling to serve their English-language-learner students.
L.A. Unified is just the latest district working to assure families that their children can attend school without the threat of deportation.
The guidance offers a four-stage framework to help states in "analyzing issues and strengthening policies and practices for defining ELs."
Students at a Massachusetts school think so, and they're petitioning the White House to get the federal government to drop the phrase in favor of a "strength-based label."