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December 09, 2010

Senate Postpones Consideration of DREAM Act

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid initiated the tabling of a procedural vote on the Senate version of the DREAM Act today in an effort to keep the issue alive in Congress.

December 08, 2010

House Passes DREAM Act; Senate Vote Expected

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the DREAM Act with a 216-198 vote; eight Republicans voted "yea".

December 07, 2010

Dec. 16 Free Web Chat on Improving Hispanic Education

Juan SepĂșlveda will be the guest for a live Web chat hosted by Education Week on Dec. 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time, to talk about how the federal government can work with communities to improve achievement among Latinos.

November 12, 2010

What's the Budget for the Federal English-Language Office?

Rosalinda B. Barrera, the new director for the Education Department's office of English-language acquisition, oversees about $56 million of the $800 million funds for Title III, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act authorizing funds for English-language acquisition programs.

October 18, 2010

Obama to Sign Order for White House Hispanic Initiative

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow that will establish a presidential advisory commission on Hispanic education and a federal interagency working group on improving Hispanic education and the lives of Latinos.

October 01, 2010

Boston ELLs Who Missed Out To Get Makeup Services

Boston English-language learners who since 2003 didn't get the ELL services that they were entitled to under federal law are eligible to receive makeup services under a settlement agreement signed today by Boston Public Schools with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

October 01, 2010

Boston District and Feds Settle on How to Fix ELL Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice and Education reached a settlement agreement today on how Boston Public Schools will fix violations of the civil rights of English-language learners, according to a press release from the Justice Department.

September 28, 2010

Civil Rights Groups Say Race to the Top Ignored ELLs

The needs of English-language learners weren't on the radar screen of reviewers who judged states' applications for the $3.4 billion federal Race to the Top competition, some members of civil rights groups contend.

September 08, 2010

Feds Are Investigating Arizona's Stance on Teacher Fluency

Arizona's superintendent of public instruction says the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are investigating whether the state discriminates against teachers whose first language isn't English, according to the Associated Press.

August 17, 2010

Are Home-Language Surveys an Example of Group Think?

Readers, what's the practice in your school, district, or state? Is the home-language survey typically given to all students or just a subset of students?

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