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July 16, 2010

Feds Say Districts Can't End Services to ELLs 'Prematurely'

An official of the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice says that an English-language learner has a right to receive language support until he or she becomes proficient in English.

July 16, 2010

Study: DREAM Act Isn't Likely to Benefit Many

Not many of the 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in this country who meet the age, duration of U.S. residency, and arrival age that would make them eligible for conditional legalization under a bill pending in Congress are likely to get legal status if the bill is enacted, a study says.

July 15, 2010

Revisiting the Native American Languages Act of 1990

The Native American Languages Act of 1990 says that it's the policy of the United States to "encourage and support the use of Native American languages as a medium of instruction."

July 06, 2010

Groups Welcome New Federal ELL Official, Critique Policies

Two organizations concerned with the education of English-language learners have written letters welcoming the U.S. Department of Education's new director of the office of English-language acquisition and critiquing current federal policies for ELLs.

June 29, 2010

Lifelong Civil Rights Advocate William Taylor Dies

Members of the civil rights community are mourning the passing of William L. Taylor, a longtime civil rights lawyer and advocate, who died yesterday at age 78.

June 28, 2010

Ed. Department Names Head of English-Language Office

The Obama administration has selected Rosalinda B. Barrera, the dean of the college of education at Texas State University—San Marcos, as the assistant deputy secretary and director of the office of English-language acquisition for the U.S. Department of Education.

June 25, 2010

Should We Have a National Definition for ELLs?

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute are calling for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education to include a common definition for English-language learners.

June 03, 2010

Report: Reviewers Aren't Getting Consistent State Data on ELLs

Federal peer reviewers and monitors aren't asking states consistent questions about how they include English-language learners in large-scale testing, a report says.

May 20, 2010

2nd Grader Asks First Lady About Immigration

A 2nd grader blurts out to first lady Michelle Obama that her mom doesn't have "papers" to live legally in this country.

May 20, 2010

National News Tidbits About ELLs

A U.S. Department of Education spokesman says the department has a "short list" of candidates to fill the post of director of the office of English-language acquisition.

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