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English language learners
July 9, 2019
How to get more English learners prepared to enter kindergarten? Illinois wrestles with answer.
The state found that only 26% of kindergarteners statewide met requirements to be considered “on track.” For English learners, that proportion dropped to 17%.
June 27, 2019
Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers
Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" serves English language learners and students struggling with reading — with free activities for siblings, too.
Lost in Translation
June 6, 2019
‘Why don’t you learn English?’: Lawsuit blasts NYC translation services for special education families
The lawsuit describes a “pattern and practice” of failing to provide interpretation regarding special education services.
May 30, 2019
Tennessee’s rural schools overlooked amid urban focus, says equity group
Rural Tennessee faces big challenges in providing an equitable education to a third of the state’s students, says a new report.
bridging the gap
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.
Leadership & Management
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.
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