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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 multilingualismA 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...

Arizona’s Exodus of Educators

According to a 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education thousands of teachers have left the state over the last five years, with a significant increase in the last school year. Educators say that reasons for leaving the state include low pay, a lack of classroom materials, and restrictive testing requirements that allow little time for genuine instruction....