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May 2, 2019
New York State leaders want teachers to spend more time learning how to help English learners
New York state education officials want to bolster how teachers are learning to educate the state’s growing English language learner population — as graduation rates for these students remain chronically low.
March 26, 2019
Ahead of first anniversary in office, Carranza talks SHSAT, a pre-K strike and his turnaround strategy
Carranza said he isn't disheartened by the lack of support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal among politicians who ultimately control the plan’s fate.
March 14, 2019
Parents and educators plead with Indiana lawmakers not to cut aid for ‘those who need it most’
Most of the people who testified before the state subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students.
February 4, 2019
In the push to extend mayoral control of schools, de Blasio highlights new pre-K dual language programs
New York City will open 47 new dual-language programs for pre-K students, an announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio used as an opportunity…
January 14, 2019
Years of instability and division have put one Colorado school district’s fate in outside hands
This week, Adams 14 officials start the process of choosing an external manager, ushering in more uncertainty, and a measure of hope.
December 7, 2018
To find gifted students amid the district’s diversity, Aurora looks beyond math and English
The Aurora district has started testing more students and is looking at new identification methods, including for talented students in non-academic areas.
November 30, 2018
In Newark, bilingual students gain an edge in the enrollment process
Students who are still learning English will be given preference when they are underrepresented among a school's applicants.
November 29, 2018
Carranza names new leader — and new department name — for English language learners
Mirza G. Sánchez-Medina, the founding principal of Manhattan Bridges High School, will be the new deputy chief academic officer of what will now be the Division of Multilingual Learners.
November 8, 2018
Superintendent’s plan to expand biliteracy program in Adams 14 being kept private
The school board directed the superintendent to come up with a biliteracy plan, during a private meeting in September, following pressure from community.
on the ground
November 2, 2018
At one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage
For the principal of Back of the Yards, recruiting native Spanish speaking educators is an essential ingredient in plans to build a dual language program.
October 30, 2018
Jeffco high school highlighted in report on English learner achievement
Bear Creek High School in Jeffco was celebrated for high achievement of students who speak English as a second language.
September 25, 2018
Estos padres quieren eliminar los obstáculos para hispanohablantes en las escuelas de Detroit
To read this story in English, click here. Si te parece difícil navegar el sistema escolar de Detroit, imagínate como es cuando nadie habla…
September 25, 2018
These parents won’t stop chipping away at literacy and the language barrier in Detroit schools
Para leer este artículo en español, oprima aquí. If you think it’s hard to navigate Detroit’s troubled school system, try doing it…
September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
Race to Reading
August 28, 2018
With Michigan’s third-grade reading law looming, parents fear majority of Detroit youth will be held back
Educators and advocates are warning that too many parents don’t know their children can be held back in third grade if they can't read, because of a new law.
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