June 2012 Archives

The What Works Clearinghouse issues highest rating to study on the effects of language accommodations for English learners on math test items.

A new policy brief zeroes in on concrete steps California can take to improve the academic outcomes for its large English-language learner population.

Albuquerque teachers are working with a prominent language acquisition scholar to develop grade-appropriate, rigorous lessons that align with the new common standards in English language arts.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down most challenged provisions of Arizona's immigration law, a move that at the very least raises new doubts about school-specific measures such as Alabama's requirement that school officials ask about the citizenship status of new students. My colleague, Mark Walsh, has all the details on The School Law Blog. We will be following this closely and updating with more in-depth coverage of this and other education-related decisions....

Spanish-language television network Univision presents a series on what the common-core standards will mean for Hispanic students and English-language learners.

A long overdue report on progress of English learners was released by the U.S. Department of Education

The watchdog agency is looking into whether the steadily-growing charter school sector is serving special populations of students.

A growing number of Mexican nationals are returning to their homeland where their American-born children must adjust to a new culture, lifestyle, and schooling experience.

The Migration Policy Institute points to capacity issues for federal agency that must oversee the new policy.

By guest blogger Liana Heitin This morning, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain undocumented youths who came to the United States at a young age will not face deportation and will be eligible for work permits. In essence, the new policy, effective immediately, bypasses Congress to implement portions of the DREAM Act, which would have given undocumented youths who had finished college or served in the military a path to citizenship but was blocked by Senate Republicans. Under the policy shift, individuals qualify for a deferment of removal proceedings for two years—with the possibility of renewal—and...

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Legal Aid of North Carolina have filed a complaint against the Wake County Public School System claiming the district does not provide adequate translation services for its Limited English Proficient population.

The Diplomas Count report features profiles of students from the six largest Hispanic heritage groups in the U.S.: Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

A special EPE Research Center analysis of data on Latino students shows that they account for more than a quarter of the nongraduates in the Class of 2012, though they make up only 21 percent of the student population.

Providing quality early childhood programs for the youngest English-language learners is among a slate of recommendations from the Center for American Progress.

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