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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?

August 05, 2010

English-Learners Set to Benefit From i3 Grants

More than half the grants from the federal Investing in Education, or i3, fund will serve English-language learners and students with disabilities, according to a federal official.

July 28, 2010

The Justice Department Provides Stats on ELL Investigations

Since the start of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice has opened more than 15 investigations into services for English-language learners, according to a spokeswoman for the department.

July 27, 2010

Is the Justice Department Becoming More Active on ELLs?

A Nevada school district expanded its position of director of English-as-a-second-language programs from a part-time to full-time position after the district was reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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