The number of unaccompanied minors from Central America under the age of 12 has increased by 117 percent from last year, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
Historically, English-language learners have tended to be over-represented in special education, but in more recent years, under-representation also has been a problem.
City officials in Syracuse and New York City are mobilizing resources and support for the influx of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America.
The 125,000-student district outside of Washington is partnering with CASA de Maryland and the Internationals Network for Public Schools to open two high schools to serve ELLs and recently arrived immigrants.
State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice is requiring all school districts to use a common enrollment form and follow the same set of practices that will not discourage students to enroll because of their immigration status or that of their parents.
Federal civil rights officials had been investigating complaints about inadequate services for English-learners and their families in the 46,000-student Jefferson Parish district.
Biliteracy "seals" that recognize high school graduates with fluency in two or more languages are catching on in more states.
White House officials say the additional resources will help stem the tide of unaccompanied child migrants flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Obama's press secretary says that few of the tens of thousands of child and youth migrants streaming into the United States from Central America are likely to be allowed to stay in this country.
The U.S. Education Department has awarded several research partnerships money to improve ELL student achievement.