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Schools Consortium Calls for Bilingualism

According to a new "federal accountability framework" released by the forward-thinking Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, “Federal law should: A. Establish college and career readiness (CCR) as the goal for all students, recognizing...

Libraries & Schools Get E-Rate Boost

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will work to improve the federal E-Rate program to facilitate access to internet and digital resources for schools and libraries.His remarks follow...

It’s All Geek to Me

New Mexico state Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D) proposed a bill that would allow computer programming to satisfy the state’s foreign language requirement.“Districts could still teach Latin, French or Spanish, but it provides the...

Aramaic at Risk

The survival of Aramaic, once the Middle East’s lingua franca, is in jeopardy amid regional turmoil.Recently, the Syrian government sent troops to the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, where rebels have battled against...

Have Style? Need Language.

Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry The UK's Guardian reports on how international brands and overseas supply chains make languages essential for a career in fashion. Click for full story.

Sharing MLK’s Dream

 To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, here are some links for teachers and students to resources (translations, analyses, explanations) on his ground-breaking and poetic "I Have a Dream" speech from 1963 which inspired a...

Biden Pledges to Double Number of US Students in Rest of Americas

During today’s press conference, launching President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative: Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the plan was to double the flow of educational exchange between the U.S. and its...

U.S. Education Department ‘Failing English Learners’

U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away...

Second Minnesota District Offers World Language Certificate

Rochester Public Schools is joining Minneapolis by offering seniors with bilingual ability the opportunity to earn a world language certificate that will count toward foreign language requirements in college and enhance their job prospects....

Former English Learner Takes Reins at NYC Schools

New York’s new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, lost no time in announcing his appointment of Carmen Fariña as Schools Chancellor before he even took office. In naming Fariña to lead the nation’s largest school...