During the 2011-12 school year, less than one percent of teachers nationwide identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.
Arabic is the second-most common foreign language spoken at home in the Houston school district, and the metropolitan region has seen its Arabic-speaking population spike in recent years.
The Internationals Network for Public Schools already operates high school campuses in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington area, specializing in English-language learner education.
Advocacy groups say the change could make it more difficult for thousands of school-aged U.S. citizens born to immigrant parents enroll in school.
The goal: start a nationwide conversation about the need for investment in foreign language and international education.
Despite the policy, there has been some effort to reach out to families who do not speak English as a first language
The funds are designed to develop and recruit teachers and support bilingual and STEM education through the arts.
It's a question on the mind of many educators. Most researchers agree that proficiency is linked to academic success in other content areas.
Under the state's renewed No Child Left Behind waiver, schools won't have to count the achievement of ELLs who have been in the country for less than two years for accountability purposes.
With the two additions, membership in WIDA, World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, is now at 36 states.