Tag: education

New research presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting links music education to increased learning and literacy skills. The findings, which involved hundreds of kids participating in musical training programs in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools, highlight the role learning music can have on the brains of youth in impoverished areas, according to presenter Nina Kraus, PhD,...

Today the Global Partnership for Education held a summit in Brussels, gathering hundreds of global education leaders, ministers and representatives in a pledge to raise $3.5 billion in educational aid. The summit follows the publication of a recent report by UNESCO, which shows a catastrophic decrease in financial aid to education over the past 4 years. At today’s Second...

The US Department of Education has announced it will begin monitoring the progress and achievements of students with special needs, with aims of boosting their academic success. The Obama administration expressed on Tuesday that a vast majority of the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States are not receiving an adequate education. States will now be held individually accountable...

A new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has shown a significant drop in global aid to education causes since 2010. More than 250 million children worldwide lack basic education skills and figures state that global aid to education has fallen to a mere 10%. UNESCO state that global aid overall has only dropped...

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office - part of the US Department of Education, has announced its Centers for International Business Education grant competition for the 2014 fiscal year. The program provides funding opportunities for higher education institutions, for the purposes of curriculum research and development, in addition to training on current issues relevant to U.S. trade...

California’s Senate Education Committee has recommended that the state’s voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative requiring public school instruction in English. The California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative (Language Magazine, April 2014), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) advanced out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 7 to 0....

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) faces criticism this week, after supporting a government bill described as a threat to Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Publicly backing $1.9 billion Bill C-33, dubbed the ‘First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act’, Atleo has stated that the bill is out of respect for treaty rights, language...

Students in the Iowa City School District are to suffer the loss of language classes in state budget cuts, starting next year. The School Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2015 in Tuesday’s meeting, including budget cuts totalling $3.6 million. The proposal is set to see the loss of all German- language programs, all seventh-grade language programs and...

Lawmakers in Louisiana are pushing to make language immersion a right. “Every kid should have the right of a bilingual education,” said Rep. Stephen Ortego (D) of Carenco. “It’s not fair it’s the luck of the draw if you get in. We would be the first to make bilingual education a right.” House Bill 763 is identical to Senate Bill 558,...

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach/Huntington Park) announced legislation that would enable California’s public schools to provide multilingual instruction, granting more students access to valuable 21st Century language skills and giving parents more choice over their children’s education. If passed, SB 1174, the Multilingual Education for a 21st Century Economy Act, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016...