September 2011 Archives

Some interesting news from Florida: Last week, Florida's Board of Education voted that parents of English-language learners can opt for their child to stop receiving ELL services even if the student has not tested as proficient in English. The main concern is that this opt-out implies that the districts aren't required to provide services to ELLs. The AP quotes Lucas da Silva of the Florida Immigrant Youth Network: "It makes it seem the state isn't obliged to provide this education to students." Representatives from the board say that most parents won't opt out—they haven't traditionally—and that those students...

More Hispanic children live in poverty than in the U.S. than ever before, and, for the first time, more Hispanic children than white children live in poverty.

Wisconsin received a $10.5 million grant from the Department of Education to develop an online assessment for English-language learners. Wisconsin is working with WIDA and a 28-state consortium.

Although it's likely to face more court challenges, parts of a new Alabama law that would allow schools to check children's immigration status have passed their first legal test.

An exercise in "extreme schooling" mirrors the experience of countless ELLs in immersion classrooms, and is a good reminder of the anxiety, struggles, and frustration that come with attending school in a language you don't understand and a culture that's brand new - even in the best of cases.

Republican candidates disagree about whether the children of illegal aliens should be able to receive in-state tuition, prompted by the Texas Dream Act.

Verbling, a new free website and tool for language learners around the world, is like the popular webchat phenomenon "Chatroulette," but with an educational twist.

Arizona has agreed to stop monitoring its English-language learner teachers' fluency, following an investigation and pending lawsuit.

The U.S. Department of Education awards $14.8 million in grants to colleges and universities supporting English-language learner instructors' professional development.

A commentary writer says English-language learners' needs should be considered from the get-go when drafting the new, common core assessments.

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