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February 09, 2012

Most Waiver-Winning States Revamped Plans for English Learners

Nearly every state had to provide more details on how English learners will have full access to the rigors of the common core standards.

February 08, 2012

Secretary Arne Duncan Talks Hispanic Education

Questions about higher education, preschool and STEM dominate the discussion.

February 03, 2012

Advocates Call for NY Waiver Plan to Offer More Support for ELLs

Part of New York's plan includes its effort to update its English language proficiency standards and assessments to line up with the common academic standards.

January 11, 2012

Florida's NCLB Waiver Plan Needs More for ELLs, Ed. Dept. Says

Peer reviewers are asking the state to more explicitly explain how it will address the needs of English-language learners.

January 09, 2012

House GOP ESEA Bill Would Give Districts Leeway on Spending for English Learners

The draft legislation merges spending for English learners under Title III with spending for all disadvantaged students under Title I.

December 16, 2011

Threat to Immigrant Families' Child Tax Credits in Payroll-Tax Deal

Undocumented workers who file taxes with the Internal Revenue Service would lose access to refundable child tax credits under a proposal put forward by Republicans in Congress.

December 13, 2011

How English Learners Figure in States' Waiver Proposals

Massachusetts and New Mexico offer different approaches

November 22, 2011

Fla.'s NCLB Waiver Request Tries New Tack With English Learners

The performance of some ELLs and other historically low-performing students would be measured as part of a subgroup called "Lowest-Performing 25%"

November 17, 2011

The 'Revolving Door' Problem in English-Learner Accountability

The ELL subgroup is in a state of constant flux, making it impossible for schools to take credit for the longer-term success of English-learners and to be held accountable when the students struggle.

November 10, 2011

ELLs Not a Major Focus in Leading i3 Proposals

Only a small handful of proposals from likely grantees appear to address needs of English learners

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