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October 21, 2011

An Interview with Brooke Hauser, author of New Kids: Part 1

The book traces a year in the life of five teenage immigrants as their language abilities and identities develop at a New York school.

October 17, 2011

Alabama Immigration Law's School Provision Blocked

The provision requiring schools to collect and report on students' immigration status was among those blocked.

September 30, 2011

Florida Expands 'Opt-Out' Options for ELL Parents

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 dis...

September 29, 2011

More Poor Children in the U.S. are Hispanic; More Hispanic Children in the U.S. are Poor

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.

September 28, 2011

Judge Refuses to Block Ala. Immigration Law's School Provisions

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.

September 26, 2011

Extreme Schooling?

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.

September 26, 2011

In-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants? Republican candidates disagree.

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

August 24, 2011

Case Against Ala. Immigration Law Set to Open on Wednesday

U.S. District Judge, Sharon Blackburn, will hear arguments Wednesday in the case against Alabama's tough new immigration law.

August 19, 2011

Obama Administration to Halt Low-Priority Youth Deportations

The Obama Administration announced Thursday it will halt all low-priority deportation cases in an effort to unclog the court system and focus on individuals who pose a threat to national security.

August 08, 2011

ELL Group Files Brief in Ala. Immigration Case

An advocacy group for English-language learners has filed a "friend of the court" brief backing a class action that challenges Alabama's new law requiring educators to record the immigration status of students in schools.

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