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August 25, 2015

Will Hiring More Native American Teachers Improve Tribal Schools?

During the 2011-12 school year, less than one percent of teachers nationwide identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.

August 12, 2015

Undocumented Immigrant Children Banned from Indiana Preschools

Despite the policy, there has been some effort to reach out to families who do not speak English as a first language

August 04, 2015

Oregon ELLs Who Are Suspended Suffer on State Tests, Study Shows

A new study from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest found that English-language learners subject to suspension or expulsion had "substantially" lower achievement on state tests than ELLs who weren't.

July 23, 2015

Report Offers Guiding Principles to Support ELLs With Disabilities

The English-learner population is growing quickly, but there's still little research on how to best evaluate these students for special education needs, according to a federal report.

July 08, 2015

Appeals Court Revives Challenge to Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban

The federal 9th Circuit appeals court revives a challenge to a state law that prohibits a so-called ethnic studies curriculum.

June 15, 2015

Arizona's ELL Program Draws Federal Scrutiny Once Again

State education leaders have often been at loggerheads with federal officials over the rights of the state's English-language learners.

May 07, 2015

Montana Governor Signs Laws to Promote, Preserve Tribal Languages

The legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock will fund new language immersion programs in five Montana school systems and subsidize already-existing language preservation efforts.

March 24, 2015

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education

The Education Commission of the States report lists proposed changes in five policy areas, including finance, educator quality, and parent engagement.

March 04, 2015

Tucson's Ethnic Studies Courses Don't Violate Ban, Arizona Chief Rules

The district risked losing up to $15 million in state funding over courses that former Arizona public schools Superintendent John Huppenthal said violated a 2010 state ban on ethnic studies. His successor, Diane Douglas, has overruled him, leaving the funding intact.

January 14, 2015

New Report Details How States Fund the Education of English-Language Learners

An Education Commission of the States report outlines each state's funding mechanism for ELLs, along with differences in dollar amounts and teacher allocations across the states.

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