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Improving Accountability for English Learners in California

Californians Together, a statewide education advocacy coalition, has introduced a new framework for accountability focused on the needs of English learner (EL) students in California with the support of 20 organizations, including Advancement Project California, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Education Trust-West, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and Unidos US. The Accountability System English Learners Deserve: Framework for...

California Set to Boost Education Spend

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California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, is proposing to spend almost $86 billion in his newly released budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, thanks to the state recording a $15 billion budget surplus despite the economic woes of the pandemic. “The investments we choose must help our schools urgently and immediately recover from this crisis and accelerate learning for the students and...

The Multilingual Paradigm in California

The idea of asset-based and responsive education coined in the ELA/ELD road map is a key element in well-designed and effectively implemented dual-immersion programs. It is widely understood that the language/s spoken, developed at home, and/or acquired and learned at school have a long-standing influence in the building of social and individual identities. The cultural implications attached to this process...

Tell California Lawmakers that Translators and Interpreters are PROFESSIONALS

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) is asking all language professionals and business leaders to urge the state’s legislators to include a simple four-word amendment ("professional translators and interpreters") in the professional services exemption of AB 2257 to fix the exclusion and enable them to operate as the professionals that they are. Despite efforts made by the JNCL, other lobbyists and...

Latinos Make Up Majority of Admitted Freshmen to the University of California for the First Time Ever

According to preliminary data released Thursday by the University of California, Latino students will make up the majority of the University of California's freshman class for this upcoming school year. For the first time ever at the schools, they are now the largest ethnic or racial group of incoming freshmen, making up 36% of the nearly 80,000 admitted students.  Offers...

Toolkit to Highlight English Learner Progress

In response to renewed calls to strengthen programs for English Learners in California, the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University and Californians Together have created a set of resources to support educators and community members to ensure schools’ efforts to serve English Learners (EL) are not only comprehensive but also visible. The resources respond to...

California Moves to Narrow Digital Divide

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California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the creation of a new task force to close the digital divide for California students who lack access to resources such as internet connectivity and devices. The Closing the Digital Divide Task Force will be co-chaired by California State Senator Connie Leyva. “This task force signals a new era, that California...

California Receives $37.5 Million Literacy Grant

In November, the California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded a $37.5 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant which will allow for the expansion of current literacy efforts statewide over the next five years. “Many of the students who are struggling with reading comprehension or are not reading at grade level are our most vulnerable students—economically disadvantaged students,...

Beginning Bilingual

Approaches to training dual-language preschool teachers in California For the first time, this fiscal year the California Department of Education awarded $5 million through the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Grant to six organizations to train preschool teachers who work with dual-language learners. Here’s a brief summary of the grantees and their projects: California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) CPIN is a...

Bilingual Advocate to Head CA Education

Democratic Assemblyman Tony Thurmond managed to come from behind to emerge as California’s new superintendent of public instruction, beating out Marshall Tuck, a fellow Democrat and former Los Angeles executive of charter schools and educational nonprofits. Thurmond sponsored California Assembly Bill 2514 which was passed in September, allocating $300,000 in grant funding to eligible schools, county offices of education and...
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