An post over at My English Pages makes the case that dictation has a role in the modern ELL classroom.

An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the office for civil rights of the U.S. Department of Education arguing that the Centinela Valley Union High School District discriminated against English-language learners.

I expect to be away from the blog until Thursday, Oct. 8. Here's a news tidbit that I'll leave with you that may be interesting for some English-language learners who would really like to maintain and improve their native language while also learning English. Astronaut Jose Hernandez is tweeting from space in two languages: English and Spanish. (Hat tip to HispanicTips.)...

A column in the Huffington Post about ELLs in charter schools in New York state doesn't have the evidence to match the conclusion of the headline of the column, "Charter Schools Fail Immigrants."

A working group of experts on policy for English-language learners is conducting a survey to find out how states and school districts plan to use stimulus funds for the education of ELLs, and what obstacles might prevent them from doing so.

Margaret Garcia Dugan, the deputy superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education, is running for superintendent of public instruction in Arizona.

A new guide on the legal rights of undocumented students in schools does a good job in spelling out where courts have ruled on a particular issue and where they have not.

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, ...

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