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February 01, 2016

Does the Term 'English-Language Learner' Carry a Negative Connotation?

Students at a Massachusetts school think so, and they're petitioning the White House to get the federal government to drop the phrase in favor of a "strength-based label."

January 19, 2016

Obama's Deferred Action Policy for Immigrants to Get Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Obama administration's policy offering relief for undocumented immigrant parents of children who are U.S. citizens.

January 11, 2016

New Federal K-12 Law Fails to Address 'Value of Bilingualism,' ELL Scholars Say

Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.

December 30, 2015

The Most-Read Blog Posts of 2015 From Learning the Language

With the end of the year fast approaching, here's a roundup of the 10 most popular posts on the Learning the Language blog from 2015

December 02, 2015

ESEA Rewrite Could Serve as 'Huge Civil Rights' Bill for ELLs, Some Advocates Say

The legislation would do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English speaking students.

November 05, 2015

Feds Award $2.5 Million to Tribes' Education Programs

Federal leaders announced the grants, awarded to eight federally recognized tribes, during the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.

October 20, 2015

Federal Guide Outlines Supports for Undocumented H.S. and College Students

The guide should help school leaders support children "regardless of actual or perceived immigration status," wrote Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

October 15, 2015

Feds Urge States, Schools to Help Preserve Native American Languages

During a cross-country U.S. Education Department listening tour, students, educators, parents, and community advocates offered ideas to improve education for Native American youth.

October 07, 2015

Duncan, Weingarten Urge Greater Investment in Latino Education

Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual policy conference, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged attendees to "fight to give kids a chance in life."

September 22, 2015

Ed. Department Project to Focus on Newly Arrived English-Language Learners

The how-to guide will mark the latest federal effort to provide an equitable education for ELLs, the largest-growing segment of the United States' public school population.

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