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Special-ed parents demanding Spanish interpreters
The Columbus Dispatch
A federal complaint filed recently argues that Columbus and five other central Ohio school districts are among those that discriminate against special-education students whose parents speak Spanish by failing to provide translation and interpreters. Disability Rights Ohio, a federally designated advocate for people with disabilities in Ohio, and Toledo-based Advocates for Basic Legal Equality say that the following districts have shut families out of the special-education process and should be forced to make changes immediately: Columbus, Dublin, Groveport Madison, South-Western, Toledo, Westerville and Whitehall.
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New guide aims to help states, schools classify English-language learners
Education Week
As part of a wide-reaching effort to bring more consistency to services for English-language learners, a group of state education officials and ELL experts has unveiled a new set of recommendations on how states and school districts might improve how they identify and initially classify English-learners. Classification policies and evaluation tools can vary widely from state to state, and even district to district, leaving widespread opportunity for misclassification of students.
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Common core just might be the greatest (or worst) thing to happen to DLLs
Education Central
Nothing in education is more polarizing than the Common Core State Standards. One of the reasons why is related to dual language learners. As states implement the CCSS, many educators are concerned that raising academic standards presents challenges for DLLs. By contrast, some educators and stakeholders are framing the CCSS as an opportunity.
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Experts weigh in on reforms to No Child Left Behind's Title III
EdCentral
It's been about two weeks since Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., released his draft proposal for rewriting No Child Left Behind. New America's Dual Language Learner National Work Group immediately published some first thoughts on the bill's reforms here. But we also reached out to national experts to get their thoughts on the bill — and what an ideal Title III would look like. The first two responses are included below.
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Obama budget includes $1 billion for Native American education
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's budget request will include $1 billion for American Indian schools next year, including millions of dollars to renovate crumbling buildings and connect remote classrooms via broadband Internet. The proposal, administration officials announced recently, would add another $150 million to current funding levels for the Bureau of Indian Education, which oversees nearly 200 schools serving more than 40,000 children across 23 states.
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Gwinnett County Public Schools, located in metro Atlanta, is the largest school system in Georgia with 173,000 students and growing. GCPS is a school system of choice for people moving to the Atlanta area and a two-time winner of the Broad Prize of Urban Education (2010 & 2014).
 


Complaint argues discrimination against ELLs in Connecticut
FOX CT
A federal office is investigating Connecticut's schools after a complaint was filed by a former board of education member claiming discrimination against English Language Learner students. "All English learners in New Britain Schools have to take English Language Development instruction before they could take regular courses," the complainant wrote to the Office of Civil Rights in 2013. "This discriminates against English learners because it deprives them from equal access to those disciplines and puts them behind."
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Mobile game uses gestures to teach language
THE Journal
Two doctoral students in linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a gesture-based language learning game for iOS devices. The game, called Nano Nano, is currently available for Spanish language learning. Players cruise around in a virtual car with a character named Beta and help her rescue words that have been stolen by Nanobots.
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Creating the right classroom environment fit for ELLs
By: Alanna Mazzon
The classroom environment plays an important role in how the students and teachers in that environment feel, and how they will interact with the room and the materials. To a student whose native language is not the one used in the classroom, having a lot of labels without pictures, words on bulletin boards, and paragraphs on walls explaining what to do with the materials is both overwhelming and frustrating. Imagine you walked into a new room that you were going to spend eight hours in every day, but you couldn't understand a single thing in there. Would you feel comfortable?
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US education: Still separate and unequal
U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. spends significantly more on education than other OECD countries. In 2010, the U.S. spent 39 percent more per full-time student for elementary and secondary education than the average for other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Yet, more money spent doesn't translate to better educational outcomes. In fact, American education is rife with problems, starting with the gaping differences between white students and students of color: More than 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, school systems in the U.S. are separate and unequal.
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Welcoming immigrant students into the classroom
Edutopia
According to the Pew Hispanic Research Center, there are roughly 1.7 million undocumented students under age 30, who are enrolled in high school, have graduated or obtained a GED, or are currently enrolled in elementary or middle school. Additionally, this past summer our nation witnessed a spike in unaccompanied minors crossing our southern border with more than 50,000 children fleeing persecution from Central America and Mexico. Most of them await immigration court dates while staying with relatives or sponsors, but in the meantime, our laws require that they attend school. In 1982, the Supreme Court determined in Plyer v. Doe that all students, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to access K-12 education.
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