I'm taking a vacation and will take a break from blogging until Monday, July 27....

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks public input on a new set of standards for "teachers of English as a new language." The window for comment is July 13-26.

Hawaii joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in deciding to use the English-language-proficiency test most commonly used by states: Access for ELLs.

A task force of the Council on Foreign Relations endorses the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or "Dream" Act, in its recommendations for comprehensive immigration reform.

Prince George's County school system in Maryland is laying off some of its bilingual parent liaisons, who were placed in schools to help boost parent involvement.

An advocate of undocumented students who was fired from her job as a principal of an early-college high school in Arizona last December has a new job as a principal of a new charter school that will open in the fall.

Did you know that Latino children begin school with strong social and emotional skills that are quite similar to those of children from middle-class white families? Did you know that math scores for first-generation Latinos in elementary school are strong, even though many of these children have limited English skills? Did you know that eight out of 10 Latino toddlers are being raised in two-parent homes? These are some of the findings reported in a research brief, "The Cultural Strengths of Latino Families: Firm Scaffolds for Children and Youth." The writers of the brief encourage writers and editors to feature ...

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.

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