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Dear NABE members and participants
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We had an extraordinary 42nd Annual conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Sunshine state served rays that shined on all of us. On behalf of the National Association for Bilingual Education Board of Directors, we thank you for demonstrating your commitment to our children, teachers, leaders and families with your presence throughout the year and during our annual conference.
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Defining an English language learner: Can states agree?
Education Week
Who is an English language learner? Across 50 states and tens of thousands of school districts, answers to that fundamental question can be quite different. But with the Common Core State Standards widely adopted, and common assessments under development to test those new standards, states are reaching a point where perhaps they can start to wrestle with the task of reaching consensus around shared definitions of what it means to be an ELL, and when those students no longer need language instruction. The U.S. Department of Education is certainly pushing them to do so.
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School leaders brace for cuts as sequestration occurs
eSchool News
School districts around the country are bracing for more than $2 billion in federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal. School administrators say the cuts will result in fewer staff, larger class sizes and the delay of ed-tech purchases, among other effects. The cuts come as school districts are trying to prepare for more rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and district leaders say the cuts will hinder these efforts.
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Obama talks about moving forward despite sequester
The White House Blog
President Barack Obama held a press conference after meeting with Congressional leaders to talk about his plans to move the country forward in light of the severe budget cuts that started March 1. These cuts, which are known as the sequester, will hurt our economy and cost us jobs, the president said. And as Americans all across the country work hard to keep our economic recovery going, arbitrary cuts to services and investments that businesses and workers depend on makes that far more difficult.
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Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming request flexibility from No Child Left Behind
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education announced it has received requests from Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming for flexibility from No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. Since fall 2011, 47 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education have requested waivers from NCLB in order to implement next-generation education reforms that go far beyond the law's rigid, top-down prescriptions. The department has approved requests from 34 states and D.C., with other applications still pending.
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English language learners' class also learning experience for teacher
The Independent
Adventure doesn't require a passport. Sometimes, it's as simple as going to work, as routine as going to school. Every morning, Carolyn Stearns embarks on an adventure. She packs her bags and travels the world. Haiti, Ukraine, Mexico, Guatemala. All without leaving the Perry Local School District in Stark County, Ohio.
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Top K-12 senators ask Arne Duncan for more info on sequestration
Education Week
Two top Republican senators on education issues have some major questions for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when it comes to the way the Obama administration has been describing the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Senate K-12 policy committee, and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, the top Republican on the panel that oversees education spending, have questioned the department's estimate that 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs, made on CBS' Face the Nation.
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Smart investments in early learning
U.S. Department of Education
Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., represents so much of what we want our country to be like and aspire to. Many of the students at Rolling Terrace grow up in poverty and the children speak as many as 35 different languages — it's a baby United Nations! But the children are thriving. They have great adults who take care of them and are excited to work with them.
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Defining an English language learner: Can states agree?
Education Week
Who is an English language learner? Across 50 states and tens of thousands of school districts, answers to that fundamental question can be quite different. But with the Common Core State Standards widely adopted, and common assessments under development to test those new standards, states are reaching a point where perhaps they can start to wrestle with the task of reaching consensus around shared definitions of what it means to be an ELL, and when those students no longer need language instruction. The U.S. Department of Education is certainly pushing them to do so.

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Translating the Common Core for dual-language classrooms
Education Week
When it comes to putting the new common standards into classroom practice, dual-language teachers must prepare and adapt their instructional strategies to teach the more-rigorous common standards in language arts and mathematics not only in English, but in a second language. In many dual-language programs, particularly in the early grades, students are learning as much as 90 percent of their content in the target, non-English language.

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California student's speech in Spanish sparks criticism
The Modesto Bee
Saul Tello Jr. apologized to the audience before giving his speech — not for what he was about to say, but because he chose to say it in Spanish. The Orestimba High School in Caifornia valedictorian's choice drew heated comments from locals in Newman, then sparked a national controversy. Fox TV commentator Bill O'Reilly used the May 31 incident as an example of "this whole self-esteem craziness" in schools.

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Department of Education asks school leaders to initiate new efforts to reduce gender-based violence
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter to state school chiefs requesting immediate action to reduce gender-based violence in schools and to help ensure all students are safe. The letter and additional materials were released during a White House event on teen dating violence prevention, which was part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Obama administration's efforts to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
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Hayward, Calif., teacher brings English language skills to students from around the world
Contra Costa Times
Children from all over the world walk into Cristina Igoa's classroom at Tyrrell School, where they find a safe, accepting place — and a teacher who believes in them and their ability to learn to read in English. Igoa will share how she brings students up to English language third-grade level at a Commission on the Status of Women symposium at the United Nations in New York City. With her will be two of her former students, Rosario Campos, 12, and Zarmina Kochi, 29, whose travel expenses are being covered by the Hayward Education Foundation.
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Boulder Valley, Colo., seeing success with new literacy direction
Boulder Daily Camera
Colorado's Sanchez Elementary kindergarten teacher Jenny Chamberlain opened the writing notebook of one of her students, flipping through the first pages filled with pictures — but no writing other than some random letters. A non-native English speaker, the student started school knowing how to write his name but didn't yet connect letters to the sounds they make. As he learned the sounds, the notebook pages show a few letters, representing the first words he was sounding out. Then, in December, there's the page where everything clicked and he started writing simple sentences on his own.
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Cuts imminent, Senate rejects stopgap efforts
The Associated Press via Google News
Squabbling away the hours, the Senate swatted aside last-ditch plans to block $85 billion in broad-based federal spending reductions as President Barack Obama and Republicans blamed each other for the latest outbreak of gridlock and the administration readied plans to put the cuts into effect. So entrenched were the two parties that the Senate chaplain, Barry Black, opened the day's session with a prayer that beseeched a higher power to intervene. "Rise up, O God, and save us from ourselves," he said of cuts due to take effect. The immediate impact of the reductions on the public was uncertain, and the administration pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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Nevada continues to shortchange English language learner programs, advocate maintains
Las Vegas Sun
Sylvia Lazos, a UNLV professor of civil rights, argued the debate over the translation services in the Clark County School District is endemic of a larger problem: the underfunding of English language learner students in Nevada. Clark County has the nation's third-highest population of English language learner students as a percentage of total enrollment. About 17 percent of Clark County's 311,000 students — about 54,000 — are classified as English language learner students.
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