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The New French Resistance

President Macron Announces Plan to Promote French worldwide and labels French teachers 'heroes' France’s President Emmanuel Macron, whose mastery and use of English is unprecedented among French leaders, has unveiled a plan to promote his native tongue, aiming to make it the first language in Africa, "maybe even...

Michigan Passes Official English Bill

Without any prior discussion, the Michigan House of Representatives has passed a bill, HB 4053, making English as the state’s official language of government. The vote was mainly along party lines with the Republican majority in support of the move.   6% of Michigan residents are immigrants but 11% of its healthcare workers were born abroad The bill requires that English be the...

Lead with Languages & Get a Free Multilingual Baby Book

February 2018 is Lead with Languages Advocacy Month. Throughout this month, we will be celebrating the successes of language advocates from around the country, and we encourage you to share how you are encouraging language learning using #LangMag and #LeadWithLanguages At Language Magazine, we believe that every child deserves...

Making Hindi Official at the UN

The Indian government is prepared to spend up to four billion rupees ($63 million) to make Hindi one of the official languages of the UN, according to the country’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj. Speaking in the Lok Sabha (India’s lower house of parliament) last month, Swaraj said that the only hindrance to making Hindi an official UN language was...

Grants to Fully Fund Chinese and Arabic Teachers @ K-12 Schools

U.S. K-12 schools can host a fully-funded teacher from Egypt, Morocco, or China with the help of Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) grants. TCLP is fully-funded grant sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Through TCLP, schools can start new critical language programs or expand existing programs by hosting teachers of Arabic...

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Technology in Education, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the potential impact on classrooms if net neutrality is repealed.

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...

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...

Diverse Classes Boost Collaborative Skills for All

Exposure to diversity in the classroom tends to be associated with better collaboration skills., according to the first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving, and girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) collaborative problem solving assessment was given in 2015 and measured students’ ability to solve a...

Florida’s ESSA Plan ‘Impedes Progress of ELLs’

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The Florida Department of Education’s implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been roundly criticized as it relates to English learner students and Latino students by experts from UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and TESOL-related organizations. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, UnidosUS has expressed strong opposition to the state’s education...
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