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February 18, 2010

Fact Check: Do the Feds Require a Home-Language Survey?

School districts must have some procedure for identifying and testing English-learners, but the federal government doesn't require a home-language survey specifically.

February 10, 2010

Boston Globe: Race to Top Funds to Boston Should Have Conditions

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February 08, 2010

Feds Asked to Withhold Race to Top Funds From Boston

Latino advocacy groups asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week to ensure that the Boston school system doesn't get any Race to the Top funds until it brings its programs for English-language learners into compliance with federal laws.

February 01, 2010

Ed. Department Pays for Creation of Test in Spanish for ELLs

A couple of new research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education indicate that the Obama administration may be more open than the George W. Bush administration was in exploring how schools can draw on students' native languages to help them learn English.

January 29, 2010

Thelma Melendez Talks About When She Was an English-Learner

Some of her teachers were encouraging, she said, but others underestimated her potential.

January 11, 2010

A Meeting of the Minds on Assessing ELLs

Experts at a recent forum discussed how to assess ELLs under new tests that will be funded by stimulus money.

December 16, 2009

ELLs Set to Benefit from Stimulus Funds in an Oregon District

The Woodburn School District in Woodburn, Ore., plans to use $275,000 in stimulus funds to provide technology for English-language learners and special education students

December 02, 2009

Forum Today: Immigration Reform Could Address Adult ELLs

The National Coalition for Literacy is hosting a forum today to explore how immigration reform by the U.S. Congress could address the needs of adult immigrants to receive training and English lessons.

November 24, 2009

Innovation: English-as-a-Second-Language Kindergarten

Minnesota's Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is offering English-language learners a half day of kindergarten taught by an English-as-a-second-language teacher in addition to a regular half-day of kindergarten.

November 12, 2009

How Are Districts Using Stimulus Funds for ELLs?

The three top ways that federal stimulus funds are being used to improve schooling for English-language learners are to improve the quality of teachers, step up services at the middle and high school levels, and increase instructional time through after-school or summer programs, according to a survey conducted by the ELL Working Group.

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