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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.

September 21, 2018

ELL Teachers Are in Short Supply. Some Lawmakers Want to Fix That

Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation to help increase the skills and knowledge of teachers who work with English-learners, including how to identify and teach ELLs with disabilities and how to promote family and community engagement.

August 14, 2018

Activists to DeVos: Hold Firm and Reject Florida's ESSA Plan

Florida is the only state without an Every Student Succeeds Act plan approved by the federal education secretary. Two civil rights groups say things should stay that way, for now.

August 10, 2018

Few Aspiring Teachers Aim to Work With English-Learners, Report Finds

School districts have struggled for years to find qualified bilingual and ELL-trained teachers, especially in immigrant-rich communities. New data shows the problem may not be going away anytime soon.

August 06, 2018

Trump Ordered an End to DACA Nearly a Year Ago. Its Future Remains Uncertain

As supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program celebrate a victory in court, another lawsuit looms on the horizon. The outcome in all DACA-related cases directly impacts K-12 schools.

August 06, 2018

DeVos May Bypass Congress to Get Rid of the Office for English-Learners. Can She?

The answer is unclear but "the threat is real," English-language-learner advocacy groups say. The advocates say the Education Department has evaded their questions about the future of the office of English-language acquisition.

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