While a majority of Americans support reuniting unaccompanied minors with their family members living in the U.S., the idea of allowing the undocumented children and youth to attend public schools is not as popular.
Gov. Jerry Brown must now decide whether to sign a bill that would allow voters to reconsider a 16-year-old law that all but eliminated bilingual education in public schools.
The governor and two education officials say they are requesting the U.S. Department of Education reverse its decision that Florida must include test results for the newest English-learners in its accountability system.
David is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived in the United State since last fall, bringing traumatic experiences, harsh memories, and hopes for a chance to stay permanently.
The 2014-15 year is projected to be the first in which white students will no longer be the majority in K-12 public schools, and as public schools grow more diverse, the number of second-language learner is expected to keep rising.
The U.S. Department of Education approved a one-year extension of Florida's waiver from No Child Left Behind even though a new state law on testing English-learners is in conflict with federal law.
The Crestwood school district, which serves a large population of Arab-American students, has agreed to hire more bilingual staff members, improve language instruction, and better communicate with parents who do not speak English.
An October 2013 survey of teachers by the Education Week Research Center shows that teachers feel least confident in their preparation to teach the common-core standards to English-language learners.
A Los Angeles judge agreed with plaintiffs that state education officials failed to monitor districts that were not providing English-language instruction to thousands of ELLs.
Nearly 25,000 graduating seniors earned the special designation for their multiple language skills in 2014.