The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division praised the plan, calling it a "critical step toward ensuring that all students, no matter their language background, have an equal opportunity to access that dream."
Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state on Monday in Flores v. Arizona, a 23-year-old lawsuit challenging Arizona's requirement that ELLs spend more than half their school day learning English.
State education leaders have often been at loggerheads with federal officials over the rights of the state's English-language learners.
Authors of the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends report say the findings indicate that bilingualism and preserving heritage languages are important in the United States' Hispanic community.
One video shares the story of 4th grade student Gian Carlos, an ELL newcomer from Colombia, who's fluent in Spanish, but has little experience in English.
In a study of the Houston Independent School District, English-language learners in two-way dual-language programs had higher Spanish reading scores and consistently higher English performance in grade 5 than their ELL peers who were not in dual language.
The Migration Policy Institute and Middlebury Interactive Languages released separate reports on the topic this week. Their findings diverge on several key points.
The U.S. Department of Education is taking the unusual step of giving a single, tribal school flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The district is reaping the benefits of its expanding commitment to bilingual education, but the graduation rates and state test scores of language-learners are still falling below expectations.