Tag: education

Significant Drop in Global Aid to Education

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...

2014 Centers for International Business Education Competition Announced

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...

CA Senate Committee Recommends Restoring Bilingual Education

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....

Aboriginal Education Bill Faces Backlash

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...

Language Education Affected in Iowa Budget Cuts

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...

Louisiana Debates Bilingual Education as a Right

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,...

California Bill to Support Multilingual Education

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...

U.S. Education Department ‘Failing English Learners’

U.S. students who speak a language other than English at home and are still learning English have received scant support from the federal Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan. That is the take-away of the report "Opportunity Lost: The Promise of Equal and Effective Education for Emerging Bilingual Students in the Obama Administration" published this month by the...

Making Education More Than a Grade

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Anne Paonessa assesses the impact of service learning on English language learners While the current focus in our field is on increased academic vocabulary and overall college and career readiness as driven by the Common Core, I believe we must proceed with caution. Potential dangers include English language learners (ELLs) experiencing increased academic frustration based on their current English...

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award Deadline

The deadline for submissions for the 2014 WISE Awards is 13.00 GMT January 15, 2014. Six innovative educational projects will be awarded $20,000 each for their positive contribution to education and society. Project representatives from any region, sector, or education level are encouraged to submit their application to demonstrate the quality and impact of their activities. Each year, the WISE Awards...