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April 21, 2020

More Funds Needed for English-Learners During Coronavirus Crisis, Advocates Tell Congress

More than 40 organizations have signed on to a letter to Congress, requesting $1 billion in aid to help districts and states meet the needs of the nation's nearly 5 million English-learners.

February 14, 2020

In Some States, ESSA Goals for English-Learners Are 'Purely Symbolic,' Report Finds

More than four years after the passage of ESSA, English-language-learner education policies across the country remain "disjointed and inaccessible," a new report concludes.

November 14, 2019

José Viana, Head of Federal ELL Office to Resign

"I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and privilege I have been given to serve my country and its learners," Viana wrote in an email to supporters this week.

October 08, 2019

For English-Learners to Excel, More Collaboration Needed, Researcher Argues

A 'lack of communication and collaboration' between researchers who focus on English-learners and those who specialize in content areas such as English, mathematics, and science could pose problems for efforts to close opportunity gaps.

July 26, 2019

Is Congress Lagging in Nationwide Push for Language Learning?

The popularity of the seal of biliteracy has surged across the country but federal legislation that would fund U.S. Department of Education grants to help states and school districts establish and strengthen programs has repeatedly sputtered in Congress.

March 12, 2019

Should 'English-Only' States Test ELLs in Their Native Languages?

New legislation introduced in Florida, which educates more than 300,000 English-learners in public schools, would allow ELLs to take state tests in their native languages. The bill would allow school districts to bypass the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan, but could face several hurdles to approval.

January 22, 2019

DACA Status Update: In Place for Now, But Resolution Remains Elusive

U.S. Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration's request to review DACA. Meanwhile, President Trump wants to link the fate of DACA recipients, thousands of whom work and learn in public schools, to his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.

October 08, 2018

Most States Failing to Meet English-Learner Academic Targets, Report Finds

Over the past decade, English-learner enrollment in K-12 schools has increased by more than 100 percent in 11 states. While the number of ELL students is on the rise, the quality of education those students receive may not be keeping pace.

September 27, 2018

DeVos' Approval of Florida's ESSA Plan Is Bad for English-Learners, Advocates Say

The state's plan for educating English-language learners under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act falls short of equity for the state's 300,000 ELLs, advocates argue. The education secretary and federal education officials see things differently.

September 24, 2018

Education Programs Would Be Spared Under Trump Administration's Green Card Proposal

While the Trump administration proposal would not strip student eligibility for Head Start, the federal school lunch program, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, it could still affect millions of school-aged children who live with immigrant parents.

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