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California to tighten rules for teaching English learners
Education Week
California's credentialing board plans to expedite new rules governing intern teachers — those who came into the profession on alternative routes — in what will likely require them to take more upfront training on how to teach English language learners. The decision came after more than two hours of emotional testimony from parents, teachers, researchers and charter school officials at the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing meeting.
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Advocacy group to monitor reform efforts in public schools
The New York Times
Diane Ravitch, the historian and former assistant education secretary who has become an outspoken critic of those who favor high-stakes testing, tenure reforms and other controversial measures aimed at the public schools, has joined with other education advocates to form a group that will grade and endorse political candidates.
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Department of Education announces 11 states will receive funding to continue efforts to turn around their lowest-performing schools
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 11 states will receive funding to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants program.
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Survey: Big districts lack strong ELL materials
Education Week
Teachers and administrators working with English language learners in some of the nation's largest school systems believe that much of the instructional material published for ELLs is of poor quality and needs a major upgrade if these students are to succeed in the common standards era. In a new survey published by the Council of the Great City Schools, the majority of respondents reported that the materials they use to teach English learners fall short of what's needed to raise the performance of ELLs. When asked if the current materials available for ELLs reflect the rigor in the Common Core State Standards, 82 percent of respondents answered either "somewhat" or "not at all."
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DREAM Update
National Immigration Law Center
If you're eligible, have you applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals yet? Still have questions you want answered before you make a decision about whether to apply? Wondering whether receiving DACA will allow you to get a driver's license in the state where you live?

Check out the National Immigration Law Center's newly updated FAQ on DACA, as well as our latest state-by-state research on whether and where people granted DACA are being issued driver's licenses.

All this information and more is available from our main DACA webpage.

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Latino advocacy council in Eugene, Ore.
League of United Latin American Citizens
Even with 900-plus local councils scattered across the country, the League of United Latin American Citizens has never had a presence in Oregon — until now. Lane County is making history as the first Oregon LULAC council since the organization was established in 1929, and Juan Carlos Valle said he is honored to be the local council's first president.
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What parents need to know about race-based academic goals
NBC Latino
What is the No Child Left Behind Act, and why do some states have waivers from it? The No Child Left Behind Act, a federal school-accountability law passed by Congress in 2001, called for all students to be proficient in reading and math by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Schools are required to report on the progress of all students, but they must also break out certain groups of students, including racial minorities, English language learners and students in special education.
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Help in reading foreign languages
Science Daily
Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to help in understanding foreign language forms, reports, contracts and instructions.

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12 ways to help ESL and ELL students
ExpertClick
The number of immigrant children in American schools is quite literally growing by the day. It's estimated that children of immigrants represent 25 percent of the K-12 population in the United States and that number has jumped dramatically in recent years.

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Bilingual children have a better 'working memory' than monolingual children
Science Daily
A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory — which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time — than monolingual children.

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Help in reading foreign languages
Science Daily
Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to help in understanding foreign language forms, reports, contracts and instructions. The ability to read a second or foreign language can be of great benefit to academics, business people, politicians, professionals and migrants trying to master an unfamiliar language. Surprisingly, little is known about how an ability to read in another language develops.
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    Defining an English language learner: Can states agree? (Education Week)
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Translating the Common Core for dual-language classrooms (Education Week)
English language learners' class also learning experience for teacher (The Independent)
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Rational decisions and heartbreak on school closings
The New York Times
When it comes to school closings, the arguments may make sense on paper, but the reality is much messier. At University City High in Philadelphia, staff members and students were trying to absorb the decision by a state commission to close the school along with 22 others in the city. At an often-heated and sometimes tearful hearing, 19 protesters, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, were arrested. School district officials said they needed to shut down schools to close a gaping budget hole.
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School district accommodating growing English language learning community
Laramie Boomerang
The number of English language learners in the Albany County School District in New York more than quadrupled in the last five years, from about 35 to more than 160. Barbara Farley, the English language learners, or ELL, coordinator, said the district has invested money, hired teachers and expanded the ELL program in an effort to accommodate the growing population of students learning English. Those investments are paying off, she said.
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Students show progress under teacher-bonus system
Education Week
A performance-bonus system that made use of "student learning objectives" — academic growth goals set by teachers in consultation with their principals — helped improve student achievement in schools using the measure, concludes a new study. The study, by the Community Training and Assistance Center, a Boston-based nonprofit technical-assistance and policy-evaluation firm, found that students taught by participating teachers in math improved on average at a rate 12 percent higher than those in comparison schools.
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Sequester harms education and our economy
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
There has been a noisy debate in Washington over whether sequestration's harm is real and at what point our public schools will feel the pain, but for educators outside of Washington, D.C., that's a settled question. They're not wasting time debating it, because some had already eliminated jobs and cut programs in anticipation of Congress's dysfunction. Right now they are focused on figuring out how to deal with an even worse situation next school year.
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