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English language learners
January 14, 2015
City to add or expand 40 dual-language programs
Twenty-five schools will add dual-language programs this fall, and 15 more will have their programs expanded, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Wednesday.
January 13, 2015
State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements.
January 8, 2015
Federal guidelines updated for teaching English language learners
Districts and states must identify English language learners in a timely and reliable manner and ensure that they receive the same quality education as students speaking English as a first language.
January 7, 2015
First federal guidance on English learners in quarter century highlights access, communications
Districts and states must make sure English learners have access to all programs and are properly diagnosed with special needs.
December 17, 2014
Denver Public Schools “back to the drawing board” in search for Common Core-aligned curriculum
District officials say that the textbooks and other academic resources that are on the market right now aren’t up to snuff, especially for Denver’s large population of English learners.
December 15, 2014
Regents want state to add $2 billion in education spending
The Board of Regents want the state to increase education spending by $2 billion next year, a spike that would include an extra $70 million for the city's pre-kindergarten expansion.
November 10, 2014
In pact to boost services for English learners, city says it no longer needs arm-twisting
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and State Education Commissioner John King on Monday agreed to increase enrollment in bilingual programs, put more qualified teachers in their classrooms, better match newly-arrived students with language services, and hold principals accountable for implementing their plan. The agreement sets yearly targets but did not include details about how the city will meet those goals.
Politics & Policy
October 9, 2014
Charter sector launches marketing campaign to attract more English language learners
In an effort to attract more English learners to charter schools around the city, the New York City Charter School Center is kicking off a…
September 22, 2014
Bilingual programs get the royal treatment
The visit, complete with balloons and a song-and-dance performance, added bit of royal flair to Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s continued focus on dual language programs and English language learners.
September 12, 2014
Fariña and new head of English-learners office promise aggressive support for schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and her new chief of English-language learners outlined their priorities for those students Friday, including better training for teachers and more dual-language programs, just days before state policymakers vote on major changes to guidelines concerning students who are still learning English.
Anatomy of a lesson
July 14, 2014
Using phonics, robots, and Shakira, a Summer Quest teacher keeps fourth-grade minds active
Class doesn’t officially start for another five minutes, but by 8:40 on Thursday morning, Natalie Molina is collecting homework from her students and describing the subjects they’ll cover over the next few hours: phonics, reading, writing, and math. It’s an ambitious plan for the peak of summer vacation, but Molina’s students don’t complain; instead, they grab their notebooks and pencils to begin their fourth day of Summer Quest.
May 1, 2014
Risking disciplinary action, International teachers refuse to administer eval-linked test
A group of teachers boycotted a required part of their school's teacher evaluation plan on Thursday, breaking from the city education department, the teachers union and their principal and raising questions about whether they will face disciplinary action.
April 30, 2014
Teachers to boycott evaluation-linked tests at newcomer high school
Teachers at a Brooklyn high school for English language learners are refusing to give a new writing test required by the city for new teacher…
the teacher project
April 18, 2014
At Manhattan International, an English learner teaches English learners
Cinzia Bontempo, the 12th grade English teacher at Manhattan International High School, knows what it’s like for her students to be far from home.
January 22, 2014
Budget panel launches BEST oversight bill
The legislative Joint Budget Committee has unanimously approved introduction of a bill that would give the legislature greater control over part of the Building Excellent Schools Today program.
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