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August 19, 2014

Florida Unlikely to Change ELL Testing Policy, Despite Ed. Dept. Objections

The U.S. Department of Education approved a one-year extension of Florida's waiver from No Child Left Behind even though a new state law on testing English-learners is in conflict with federal law.

July 29, 2014

House, Senate Far Apart on Emergency Aid for Border Crisis

Congress appears unlikely to reach an agreement on emergency funds to address the surge of unaccompanied minors flowing across the Southwest border from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

July 28, 2014

For Schools With Child Immigrants, What Resources Are Available?

School districts that absorb large numbers of recently-arrived immigrants can use a key stream of federal funding for support.

July 24, 2014

Obama Administration Announces $2.5 Million for Tribes to Take Over Schools

The Obama administration takes first steps toward moving the long-troubled Bureau of Indian Education agency away from directly operating schools for Native American children and turning more control over to tribes.

July 23, 2014

Border Crisis Draws Conflicting Emergency-Spending Bills in Congress

The House and Senate have drafted vastly different emergency spending measures aimed at addressing the surge of unaccompanied minors streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border.

March 04, 2014

Obama Budget Proposes Modest Bump for English-Learner Programs

Spending on English-language acquisition programs would get a slight increase under President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2015.

February 21, 2014

Arne Duncan: Schools Should Invest in 'Multiliteracy'

The education secretary and the director of the federal Office for English Language Acquisition argue that educators must build on the major asset that English-learners bring to schools: their home languages.

February 11, 2014

Fluency in a Second Language: Should it Be Part of College and Career Readiness?

Acquiring fluency in a second language for all students is a college- and career-readiness goal that federal education law should establish, says a group of influential superintendents.

January 15, 2014

English-Language Acquisition Gets Boost in Federal Spending Bill

Title III would receive a 4 percent increase under the spending bill unveiled this week by Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress.

January 13, 2014

Ed. Dept. Falling Short in Support of English-Learners, Report Says

The BUENO National Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, says education policies favored by the Obama administration have not been beneficial to English-language learners.

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