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June 04, 2018

Using Data to Decode English-Learner Education

The Migration Policy Institute published the first in a series of reports that aim to educate parents, policymakers, and the public about how to find and use data to examine whether schools are adequately serving their English-language-learner students.

May 30, 2018

English-Learners and ESSA: Many States Are Lowering Academic Goals, Advocates Charge

More than half of states' ESSA plans intentionally set lower academic goals for English-learners, at least seven states have plans that flout key provisions of the federal education law, and nearly 20 percent of state plans allow schools to earn high ratings even if ELLs are struggling, according to new policy briefs.

May 25, 2018

Congress Pushes Back Against DeVos Plan to Dissolve Federal English-Learner Office

Despite their concerns, the U.S. Department of Education seems ready to forge ahead with plans to scrap the office of English-language acquisition.

May 25, 2018

There Are Times When Schools Can't Shield Undocumented Families

While schools must protect the rights and privacy of undocumented students, officials also must cooperate with federal officials in some instances.

May 10, 2018

Is Betsy DeVos About to Scrap the Federal Office for English-Language Learners?

The proposed consolidation of the office of English-language acquisition is sparking strong pushback from advocates for English-learners, the fastest growing subgroup of students in public schools.

April 02, 2018

Trump Says DACA Is Dead. Research Shows It Raised Grad Rates for Immigrant Students

DACA had a "significant impact" on the educational outcomes of undocumented immigrant youth, including increases in high school graduation and school attendance rates, according to a recently released National Bureau of Economic Research working paper.

February 28, 2018

Trump's Immigration Policies Hurting Academics and School Attendance, Survey Finds

A large majority of educators report having students who have experienced emotional or behavioral problems because they are concerned about immigration enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a new national survey from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

February 26, 2018

After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Trump's Appeal, DACA Is Still on the Books

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will remain in effect for recipients after the March 5 deadline originally set by the White House, but the Obama-era program has already begun to unravel for some.

January 29, 2018

A High School 'Dreamer' Will Attend Trump's State of the Union Speech

Dozens of young immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- also known as Dreamers -- will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown Is Over, But DACA and 'Dreamers' Are Still in Limbo

Congressional Democrats want permanent protections for immigrants shielded under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Republicans warned that a prolonged shutdown would not help negotiations.

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