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November 24, 2009

Innovation: English-as-a-Second-Language Kindergarten

Minnesota's Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is offering English-language learners a half day of kindergarten taught by an English-as-a-second-language teacher in addition to a regular half-day of kindergarten.

November 12, 2009

How Are Districts Using Stimulus Funds for ELLs?

The three top ways that federal stimulus funds are being used to improve schooling for English-language learners are to improve the quality of teachers, step up services at the middle and high school levels, and increase instructional time through after-school or summer programs, according to a survey conducted by the ELL Working Group.

November 11, 2009

Governing Board of NAEP Considers Inclusion of ELLs

Representatives of education organizations attending a public hearing on how best to include English-language learners and students with disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress this week expressed support for the ELL policies proposed by the test's governing board.

November 05, 2009

Obama Visits School Where Large Number of Students Are ELLs

Yesterday, President Obama visited a charter school in Madison, Wis., where 39 percent of students are English-language learners.

October 29, 2009

Opinion: 'Immigrant Children Are Not on Anybody's Agenda'

Ruby Takanishi, co-editor of a new book titled Immigration, Diversity, and Educationtells New America Media that in the Obama administration, "immigrant children are not on anybody's agenda, except in a negative way."

October 23, 2009

Ed Department to Host 'Race to the Top' Meeting on Assessing ELLs

The U.S. Department of Education has made English-language learners the focus of one of the three meetings it will soon be hosting to get public input on how $350 million in Race to the Top funds for assessments should be given out.

October 20, 2009

U.S. Senators Propose Census Question About Immigration Status

Two U.S. senators have proposed an amendment that civil rights groups contend would discourage participation in the census by Latinos or other minorities. At the same time the U.S. Census Bureau has a project in school to try to increase the reach of the census to underrepresented groups.

October 19, 2009

Judge Who Ordered Texas to Educate Undocumented Students Dies

U.S. District Judge Wayne Justice, who more than a quarter of a century ago ordered Texas to educate undocumented children, passed away on Oct. 13.

August 26, 2009

Letter to Arne Duncan: 'Race to the Top' Is Unfair to Teachers of ELLs

James Crawford, a longtime writer about English-language learners and president of the Institute for Language and Education Policy, has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan contending that proposed priorities for Race to the Top are a bad idea for teachers of English-language learners.

August 25, 2009

Public Input Is Sought on Inclusion of ELLs in NAEP

The governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress is inviting the public to comment on its proposals to bring more uniformity to how the test includes English-language learners and special education students.

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