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Obama Calls ESEA Reauthorization a Christmas Miracle

This morning, President Obama signed the new iteration of the 50-year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Before signing the bill the President concluded his statement by saying, “A Christmas miracle! A bipartisan bill signing, right here!” The overall consensus regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects President Obama's exclamations. From the American Library Association (ALA) to...

ESEA Reauthorization Does More for ELLs

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has officially been released, an earlier draft of which was criticized for not providing critical protections for minority students and English-language learners (ELLs). The new proposal is called the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) and, if it passes both chambers of Congress in the next couple weeks, is expected to be...

Dual-language Programs Improve Reading Skills

According to a recent study, the first of its kind and scale, students enrolled in dual-language immersions programs, in which students are taught in both English and a second language, outperform their single-language peers by almost a full grade-level in terms of English reading skills. The study followed almost 30,000 students in Portland Public Schools, including those in dual-language immersion...

NYC Introduces Language Program Legislation

Council members have called on the Department of Education, "to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to foreign language courses offered in New York city public schools." This new legislation would require tracking of the number of students in dual-language and foreign-language programs including grade levels and detailed reports on instruction. Council member...

Child Poverty Stymies Achievement in School

A new report published by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analyzes data on well-being across its 34 member countries. The study, “How’s Life?” aims to capture a portrait of well-being that reflects the diversity of human experiences, taking into account questions of work-life balance, housing, educational attainment, and civic engagement among others. The study includes a section...

Dual-Language Programs On the Rise

According to the Department of Education, with the addition of 39 new and expanded programs this fall, New York City now has about 180 dual-language public school programs. In Utah, 9% of public school students are enrolled in such programs and in Oregon, 10% with more states, such as North Carolina and Delaware, planning to take part in the...

The U.S. Needs Latino Teachers

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recently launched a digital campaign to highlight the impact of Latino teachers and to attract more Latinos to the teaching profession, asking participants to share the stories of Latino teachers who have made an impact on their lives using the hashtag #LatinosTeach. “While the nation’s student population is becoming increasingly...

Investing in Teachers instead of Prisons

Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stirring speech at the National Press Club that was particularly relevant for minority and English learner students "I agree with Secretary Duncan. Prison is not a solution to inequitable educational funding. All children deserve an education, not punitive incarceration, which only exacerbates divisions in our society," commented Language Magazine editor, Daniel Ward. "Secretary Duncan offers a...

Comparison of Expulsion Rates Reveals Bias Against ELLs

A new study from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest found that English language learners (ELLs) are suspended and expelled at a higher rate than native English speakers. The study took place at six Oregon school districts and also discovered a correlation between ELLs who were suspended or expelled and substantially lower test scores. “Parents and educators nationwide have grown...

Foreign Language Requirements Lead to Multilingualism

Comparative study of U.S. and Europe shows correlation between language requirements and multilingualism A Pew Research Center study on foreign language education in the U.S. compared to Europe points out that while the U.S. has no foreign language requirement mandated by the federal government, most European countries require that young pupils begin learning a second, and in many cases a...