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How Repealing Net Neutrality Could Affect Schools’ Internet Access

Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

Survey Demands More PD for ELL Educators

According to the results of the 2017 EL Education Report, a new survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Education, 99% of respondents believe professional development for teachers and staff members is essential for effective EL instruction. However, only 55% of respondents believe that their school or district provides sufficient, ongoing professional development to support EL student success. As the demand for English...

California Sued for Literacy Failure

 Yesterday, a group of students, parents, and the advocacy organizations CADRE and Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, represented by Public Counsel and Morrison & Foerster, filed suit against the State of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, for their collective failure to provide every child...

Sir Ken Robinson @ FETC

Language Magazine favorite Sir Ken Robinson will be delivering the opening keynote address at next month's FETC (JANUARY 23 - 26, 2018, ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER, ORLANDO, FL) so we're offering a SPECIAL BONUS: Use Promo Code LM11 to save an extra 10% — combined with $100.00 Early Bird Savings, that’s up to $189 off the on-site rate!Early Bird...

Massachusetts Restores Bilingual Education

Massachusetts’ Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed the LOOK Bill into law which will allow the state’s schools to offer bilingual and dual-language education. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there are more than 90,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Massachusetts.The Massachusetts House and Senate earlier voted overwhelmingly to approve the LOOK Bill and endorse the...

Spanish Speakers Rising by Five Million a Year

Spain’s Instituto Cervantes has released its annual report on the Spanish language: El español en el mundo 2017, revealing that more than 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide, of which 477 million people are native speakers — five million more than last year — and that there will be more than 750 million Spanish speakers by the middle of...

Trump Ends American DREAMers’ Hopes

Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while calling on Congress to overhaul immigration legislation. The program, started during the Obama administration in 2012, has allowed...

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...