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March 25, 2016

Tests for English-Learners Dominate ESSA Regulations Discussion

How to improve tests for English-learners, a population that is tricky to assess, was a major topic of discussion during a session of negotiated rulemaking on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

March 16, 2016

Study Examines Efforts to Improve Head Start Access for Refugee Children

Research indicates that immigrant families have less access to initiatives such as Head Start, a federally funded program that provides early education for children from low-income families.

March 15, 2016

Safety Inspections System for Indian School Facilities Flawed, Report Finds

The Government Accountability Office found that nearly 40 percent of Bureau of Indian Education schools were not inspected for safety and health violations in fiscal year 2015.

March 09, 2016

National Council of La Raza Honors Alexander, Murray for Work on ESSA

The new federal K-12 law could do more to hold all schools accountable for the education of non-native English-speaking students, who are overwhelmingly Spanish-speaking Latinos.

March 04, 2016

English-Learners Are Assets, John B. King Jr. Tells Educators in Bilingual Address

In a videotaped address to National Association of Bilingual Education members, John B. King Jr. touted the potential benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act for ELLs.

February 29, 2016

Ed. Department to Triple Size of Native American Youth Grant Program

Under its Native Youth Community Projects, the U.S. Department of Education will make $17.4 million available to organizations, after awarding $5.3 million last year.

February 23, 2016

New K-12 Law Holds Promise for ELLs, Advocate Says, But Questions Remain

Testifying before the Senate education committee, Delia Pompa heaped praise on the Every Students Succeeds Act, but also expressed concerns.

February 10, 2016

L.A. Unified Bars Federal Immigration Agents From Its Campuses

L.A. Unified is just the latest district working to assure families that their children can attend school without the threat of deportation.

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.

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