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March 25, 2015

Education Department Pledges to Prioritize Needs of Language-Learners

The goal is to "look at English learners as a national asset and investment in contrast to thinking of English learners as a problem or challenge coming to our school districts," said Libia Gil, the head of the department's office of English-language acquisition.

March 24, 2015

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education

The Education Commission of the States report lists proposed changes in five policy areas, including finance, educator quality, and parent engagement.

January 07, 2015

Federal Civil Rights Officials Release Guidance on English-Language Learners

The guidance comes on the heels of the recent 40th anniversaries of Lau v. Nichols, a landmark Supreme Court decision, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, both of which expanded rights of students with limited English proficiency.

December 18, 2014

California Puts More Attention on Long-Term English-Language Learners

Many students struggle to learn English because schools fail to monitor their progress, adequately train teachers or provide appropriate curriculum.

November 21, 2014

Obama Relaunches Immigration Campaign From Las Vegas High School

Acknowledging that his latest action on immigration may not outlive his presidency, President Obama pledged to work with Congress to find long-term legislative solutions.

July 15, 2014

Two High Schools for English-Learners to Open in Prince George's County, Md.

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.

June 11, 2014

Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas Districts Over English-Learner Services

The lawsuit alleges that tens of thousands of English-learners across Texas are receiving substandard instruction.

May 06, 2014

ELLs and Their Peers: What They Teach Each Other in the Classroom

A group of researchers at the University of Virginia will study how the social interactions between ELLs and their fluent English-speaking peers in mainstream classrooms impact learning.

May 01, 2014

Are School Turnaround Efforts Overlooking English-Learners?

An evaluation of the federal School Improvement Grant program found that schools with large numbers of English-learners were falling short in meeting their needs.

August 01, 2012

New York Becomes Second State to Recognize Biliteracy

The Empire State joins California to offer high school graduates a special "seal of biliteracy."

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