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January 28, 2015

New Guide Aims to Help States, Schools Classify English-Language Learners

Classification policies and evaluation tools can vary widely from state to state, and even district to district, leaving widespread opportunity for error.

January 28, 2015

Adults, Peers Play Different Roles in ELLs' School Readiness, Study Finds

The study found that the quality of early-childhood teachers' English use is more important than the quantity for developing language skills in young ELLs.

January 23, 2015

Latino Students Make Strides, Still Face Challenges, Report Shows

"The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook" pulls data from a number of sources to a give state-level picture of K-12 enrollment and shed light on national advances and challenges for Latino students.

January 07, 2015

Federal Civil Rights Officials Release Guidance on English-Language Learners

The guidance comes on the heels of the recent 40th anniversaries of Lau v. Nichols, a landmark Supreme Court decision, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, both of which expanded rights of students with limited English proficiency.

December 22, 2014

Federal Officials Grant Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing

Federal officials granted the state's request to give its English-language learners two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades.

December 20, 2014

Film: 'I Learn America' Looks at Immigration Through Five Students' Eyes

Amid the roiling policy debate over immigration, a documentary looks at five students seeking to turn the American dream into a reality.

December 16, 2014

New York State Knocks Down Enrollment Barriers for Unaccompanied Minors

New policy prohibits schools from asking about the immigration status of students or their families during the enrollment process and provides guidance on the range of documents students may use to prove residency.

December 12, 2014

Houston to Open Arabic Immersion Elementary School

Arabic classes have failed to become a common offering in U.S. public schools despite a 2006 initiative by former President George W. Bush to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking and teaching the language.

December 04, 2014

Civil Rights Group Opposes Plans for Maryland English-Learner High Schools

The Prince George's County, Md., NAACP chapter questions whether the local district's plans for ELL students run counter to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 decision that declared that separate public schools for black and white students violated the Constitution.

December 01, 2014

Texas Charter Operator Agrees to Change Enrollment Policies After Federal Probe

Investigators with the Education Department's office for civil rights found that English-language learners and students with disabilities were significantly underrepresented on campuses run by the state's largest charter school operator.

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