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English language learners
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.
August 15, 2018
Poll: Most residents want Michigan to change the way it funds schools
The majority of the state's voters say the way schools are funded needs to change.
July 19, 2018
There are lots of ways schools teach English learners. Here’s how it works.
Many school districts have been, or are under, federal orders to improve education for English learners.
June 28, 2018
KIPP charter network launching biliteracy program at new Denver elementary school
KIPP officials heard from families in southwest Denver who wanted a bilingual education for their children.
June 21, 2018
‘I fought to be here.’ Amid national debate, Newark students share their immigration stories
Students at Hawkins Street School wrote about the challenges and promises of building a life in a new country.
June 20, 2018
Memphis principal retires after 17 years lifting up school with long odds
The U.S. Department of Education recognized Yolanda Heidelberg and Jackson Elementary School in 2016 for academic gains for students of color from poor families.
Speak my language
May 3, 2018
New York City to add almost 50 bilingual programs, the latest in a push to help English learners
The expansion continues an aggressive push under the de Blasio administration to meet a pledge to the state to offer more options for students who are learning English.
April 18, 2018
Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds
Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today.
April 17, 2018
Westminster’s model part of dispute with federal investigators in education of students learning English
Westminster schools may have failed to identify scores of students needing help learning English, and also neglected to effectively teach many of those students, according…
March 28, 2018
New York City students can now pass Spanish exam on path to graduation
The change may help non-native English speakers earn a diploma.
March 26, 2018
Westminster district signs agreement to better serve students learning English
The U.S. Department of Justice said the agreement was reached to resolve the district's "noncompliance."
Politics & Policy
March 20, 2018
Spike in refugee students fuels increase in English language learners at two adult charter schools
The campuses are less than two miles apart.
Parents in school
March 13, 2018
English class for parents at one Memphis school fuels sense of community
Kate Bond Elementary offers a model for Shelby County Schools, where a growing immigrant population is compounding longtime challenges with parent involvement.
How I Help
February 14, 2018
Pushing past assumptions: For this Colorado school psychologist, a language difference is not a disability
A Colorado school psychologist talks about how she distinguishes between a language difference and a disability, and how she reached a student tired of testing.
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