Tag: languagepolicy

French Promotion in the U.S.

President to Announce New Fund for Bilingual Programs French President Emmanuel Macron will launch a new fund to support French-English bilingual programs in the U.S. on September 20 during his trip to New York for...

$20 Million in Federal Grants for ELL Teacher Development

Portrait of teacher with elementary school teacher at his desk
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has announced the awarding of $20 million in grants under the National Professional Development Program (NPD), to support educators of English learner students.The NPD...

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Literacy in a digital world Today, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. A global event is taking place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in...

Americans Support Public Education in Diverse Schools

Despite influential campaigns to undermine  confidence in public schools, most Americans have faith in their local schools, according to the latest edition of the annual Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the defining public opinion survey on American public education for the past 49 years. The new poll finds that the proportion...

Bilingual Education on the Brink of Return in Boston

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved the LOOK (Language Opportunity for Our Kids) bill that would allow school systems to bring back bilingual education, potentially ending a 15-year-old ban on schools teaching students academic courses in their native language. The LOOK bill updates MGL Ch 71A English Language...

Choosing Schools, and Battles

Daniel Ward refuses to be distracted by efforts to divide supporters of public educationThe dogdays of summer have been rudely disturbed by the reaction to teachers’ leader Randi Weingarten’s linking of the federal government’s school privatization policies to segregation. Calls for her resigna­tion as president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and accusations of her be­ing racist have...

Florida Seeks Funds for Puerto Rican English Learners

With backing from a slew of Florida lawmakers, bipartisan legislation has been proposed to ensure that the state receives a greater share of federal funding for English-language learning programs due to the growing influx of Puerto Ricans. The Ensuring Linguistic Excellence and Vocational Aptitude by Teaching English (ELEVATE) Act,...

Save Fulbright-Hays International Research/Training Funds

The draft FY2018 appropriations bill of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) would eliminate the Fulbright-Hays program in the Department of Education. Currently funded at $7 million, the Fulbright-Hays Program - a Fulbright Program funded by a Congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of Education - awards grants to individual U.S. K-14...

California Adopts ‘Historic’ English Learner Roadmap

Today, the California State Board of Education unanimously adopted a revolutionary “English Learner Roadmap” to help California’s more than 1,000 local school districts welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are learning English.California has about 1.4 million students—one of every four public school students statewide—classified as...

Russian Retreat in Ukraine

The Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has passed a bill requiring that 75% of national television programming and 50% of local broadcasting be in the Ukrainian language. The law follows an unpopular move by President Poroshenko to ban Russian-language social media websites, such as Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki.Next on the linguistic...