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January 03, 2011

Tom Horne to Withhold Funds Over Ethnic-Studies Controversy

Arizona's state schools chief, Tom Horne, announced today that Tucson Unified School District is in violation of a new state law that bans public schools from offering ethnic- studies courses that are designed for a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity.

November 11, 2010

Mass. Ed. Commissioner Asks Districts to Focus on ELLs

Mitchell D. Chester, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education for Massachusetts, has sent a memo to superintendents of school districts in his state asking them to focus on closing the achievement gap between English-language learners and non-ELLs.

October 07, 2010

What's at Stake in Horne v. Flores?

Patricia Gándara speculates that Arizona's four-hour program for teaching ELLs could become "the preferred instructional model for Arizona and other states as well if sanctioned by the federal court."

September 28, 2010

California Adopted the Common Standards—Sans Preface

When California adopted the common core standards, it didn't accept the preface material, which includes an introduction and spells out how to apply the standards to English-language learners or students with disabilities.

September 21, 2010

Tucson Students Defend Value of Ethnic-Studies Courses

Arizona's legislature and top education official are bent on shutting down ethnic-studies courses taught at Tucson Unified School District, but students in those courses say they hope their school district prevails in continuing to offer them.

September 17, 2010

Illinois Preschools Carry Out New Bilingual Ed. Mandate

Illinois public preschools are implementing the new requirement in their state to provide bilingual education.

September 13, 2010

Ariz. Ed. Officials Talk About Teacher Fluency Issue

An official from the Arizona Department of Education clarified that officials from that department aren't trying to single out teachers whose first language isn't English or pressure schools to remove them from schools.

September 08, 2010

Feds Are Investigating Arizona's Stance on Teacher Fluency

Arizona's superintendent of public instruction says the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are investigating whether the state discriminates against teachers whose first language isn't English, according to the Associated Press.

September 07, 2010

Arizona's 4-Hour Program Doesn't Affect 41 Percent of Schools

Forty-one percent of Arizona's schools have been exempted from carrying out the state's mandate to separate English-language learners from other students for four hours a day to learn English skills because the schools have 19 or fewer ELLs.

August 24, 2010

WIDA Tally: Minnesota Joins Consortium

Minnesota has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium, bringing the total of states adopting the consortium's English-language proficiency test to 23 plus the District of Columbia.

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