The top two reasons that immigrant women say they moved to the United States were to join family members already in the country and "to make a better life" for their children, according to a poll of a representative sample of such women by New America Media. The pollsters interviewed 1,002 immigrant women from Latin American, Asian, African, and Arab countries in August and September of 2008. The margin of error is 3 percent. I'm thinking the findings might be helpful for educators of English-language learners who have a lot of interaction with parents. Many of these women, in ...


CNN features today a Methodist preparatory school in El Paso, Texas, that enrolls a significant number of students who live in Juarez, Mexico, and walk across the border each day to go to school. The article says that 70 percent of the 459 students at the Methodist high school, the Lydia Patterson Institute, live in Juarez. This caught my attention because I just wrote on this blog about how Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne wants the Arizona legislature to pass a law barring charter schools from enrolling students who live in Mexico and walk across the border to go ...


The New York City-based Internationals Network for Public Schools is one of four organizations that will receive an "immigrant integration" award today from the Migration Policy Institute. The institute has established the new E Pluribus Unum prizes, a $50,000 award for each organization selected, to highlight organizations that are doing a good job in helping immigrants adjust to U.S. society. Interestingly, the Internationals Network for Public Schools supports a group of high schools that enroll only immigrant newcomers, which are sometimes criticized for separating immigrant English-language learners out from native speakers of English. But when I asked a ...


Tamar Levin of The New York Times visited the Nogales Unified School District in Arizona to write about Horne v. Flores, the case involving state funding for English-language learners that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on soon. The reporter visited the same schools in the district, and even one of the same classrooms, as I did a couple of months ago when I traveled to Nogales and reported on the same court case. I reported on the oral arguments on the case last month....


Read my recent story published in Education Week about how some school districts are planning to spend federal economic stimulus funds to support or improve programs for ELLs. I previously wrote on this blog about how the Seattle school district plans to use some stimulus funds to revamp its ELL programs....


I'll be out of the office on a reporting trip until next Wednesday, May 20. Look for new posts on that day. In the meantime, you might want to browse this week's Carnival of Education. It includes a blog entry, Should children's books be more multicultural?, posted by Sarah Ebner at School Gate, which offers suggestions for books that feature characters from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. My favorite entry, which I admit doesn't have much to do with the subject of this blog, is 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything, posted by Rated Colleges. The video, "Following ...


Administrators in the Seattle public schools are apparently taking to heart findings in an audit last year that described the district's approach to serving English-language learners as "ad hoc, incoherent, and directionless." Veronica Gallardo, who has been the manager of programs for ELLs in the 44,000-student district since July, says the district is planning a major revamping of those programs for next school year. And she said some of the expense is expected to be covered by Title I economic-stimulus funds, though the dollar amount allocated to the effort hasn't been decided yet. I've been working on a story, ...


The Obama administration makes its first ELL appointment to the U.S. Department of Education--Supreet Anand, who will oversee funding for English-language-acquisition programs.


In her self-syndicated column, Esther J. Cepeda, a Latina, vents her frustration that more people in a graduate class she took on strategies for teaching English-language learners didn't share her distaste for bilingual education. Ms. Cepeda was a bilingual teacher in two Illinois school districts for a short stint and fought for Spanish-speaking students to be integrated into classes with native-English speakers and taught in English, according to a previous column she wrote. Illinois requires school districts to provide bilingual education when they have a critical mass of English-language learners who speak a language other than English. Cepeda's take on ...


Tom Horne, Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, is asking the state legislature to require charter schools to adhere to the same law that public schools must follow: that they be prohibited from educating students who are residents in Mexico but cross the border just to attend school. Now, Horne said, charter schools are exempt from the requirement. Horne says in a press release he put out today that he recently learned "taxpayers are paying a charter school for educating students who are residents of Mexico and who cross the border to attend." The schools chief notes that while Arizona is ...


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