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May 01, 2017

Immigration Raids on School Grounds May Be Banned in Rhode Island

The legislation would prohibit what it describes as "sensitive locations," including schools, from granting access to federal agents.

March 06, 2017

Tool Aims to Help Schools Better Identify English-Language Learners

A new Regional Education Laboratory tool aims to take some of the guesswork out of the home-language survey process used to identify students who need extra support to learn English.

January 19, 2017

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners' Achievement Soared

A new study from Education Trust West digs into how six districts, all with sizable English-learner populations, emphasized scientific inquiry and team experiments to support science learning as well as English-language development.

October 12, 2016

Bilingual vs. English-Only: Arguments For and Against California's Prop. 58

The upcoming vote has reignited a passionate debate over how to best educate California's 1.4 million English-learners.

June 17, 2016

Report: Los Angeles Unified Shortchanges ELLs, Other Disadvantaged Students

The criticism centers on hundreds of millions of dollars in increased state funding designed to benefit students who traditionally struggle academically, the Los Angeles Times reports.

June 03, 2016

States Could Allow Students to Learn Coding Instead of Foreign Languages

Advocates for both computer science and foreign language education have raised red flags about conflating computer language and human language

April 20, 2016

Ron Unz, Architect of California's Proposition 227, Running for U.S. Senate

Unz, a Republican, says he's using his statewide candidacy to rally support against a November ballot measure that could overturn California's longstanding restrictions on bilingual education.

April 18, 2016

Tentative Deal Reached on Native-Language Testing Requirement for ELLs

The Every Student Succeeds Act rulemaking committee has tentatively agreed that states should aim to develop a test in the language that's most commonly spoken by ELLs in the state.

January 06, 2016

Utah Unveils New Wrinkle For Seal of Biliteracy Honor

Starting with the graduating class of 2017, Utah will offer a two-tier seal of biliteracy to recognize students who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages.

November 06, 2015

CCSSO Offers Guidance on Reclassification of English-Language Learners

Determining when to exit students from language-learner status is a "high-stakes" decision, the authors of a new report say.

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