NABE Weekly eNews
Jun. 20, 2013

Little DREAMer
NABE
We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to support the Little DREAMers amendment, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., which would ensure that the youngest DREAMers have access to the same 5-year path to citizenship as older DREAMers. Children of immigrants comprise one quarter of the U.S. child population, and will make up a critical segment of our future workforce. While the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744) is a historic step in the right direction for young immigrants, under the bill some of our most vulnerable children would be required to wait more than a decade before they are eligible for citizenship.More

Announcing the Principal Ambassador Fellowship
ED.gov Blog
The Department of Education is proud to announce that the first-ever Principal Ambassador Fellowship has officially launched. The Principal Ambassador Fellowship has been modeled after the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship that the Department has offered since 2008. Duncan unveiled the program to the public on Feb. 28 this year. More

States seek flexibility during Common-test transition
Education Week
With the debut of common assessments less than two years away, states and districts are worried about the accountability systems that hinge on those tests. A growing chorus of policy groups is urging more flexibility in how states evaluate teachers, label schools and enforce other high-stakes consequences during what's likely to be a messy transition. Position papers from a range of organizations seek to stake out turf on the delicate question of how to postpone or temporarily ease some rules without abandoning accountability, at a time when the new, tougher assessments are projected to send test scores — at least at first — into a nose dive. More

Graduation Promise Act
NABE
To increase the number and percentage of students that graduate from high school college- and career-ready with the ability to use knowledge to solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and be self-directed, and for other purposes.More

Large increase in NYC Latino high school grads, but numbers still lag for English language learners
NBC Latino
More Latino students are graduating from high school in New York City than ever before, but the number of English language learner graduates in the city continues to lag, with a near 5-point drop in graduation rates this year alone. The number of Latino students graduating from high school in New York City rose by 54 percent in 2012 compared to graduation rate data from 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Schools chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced. The overall graduation rate in New York City also rose by more than 39 percent since 2005, an increase of 57,000 graduates. The city's dropout rate since 2005 has declined as well, falling from 22 to 11.4 percent in 2012.More

LULAC praises the Supreme Court for rejecting the Arizona proof of citizenship requirement
LULAC
Supreme Court held that the Arizona requirement for prospective voters to show proof of citizenship before using a registration form to vote in a federal election was unconstitutional. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 provides for voters to register by using a federal form produced under the Motor Voter registration law, where they must declare, under penalty of perjury, that they are a U.S. Citizen. LULAC was one of the plaintiffs in the suit from the trial court level, the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, and now with the Supreme Court decision. More

How can portfolio assessment develop English language teaching?
By Ream Odetallah
An assessment is a tool used for grading students objectively, and the types of assessments implemented vary concretely to obtain certain goals that a teacher has set during the learning process as part of language development. To create optional assessments targeted for a certain class or group of students, there are rubrics that must be followed, and these rubrics shape the forms of evaluations. More

No Child Left Behind bill passes Senate committee, but no end in sight for recasting Bush law
The Huffington Post
A lengthy overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act passed through a Senate education committee, with senators voting 10-12 along party lines. The "Strengthening America's Schools Act" is an over 1,000-page bill authored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. It rolls back some of the more stringent aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act, but keeps in place the requirement that states set and report performance targets for their students.More

Study: Latinos learn English faster than previous immigrants
ThinkProgress
A new study demonstrates that Latinos are learning English faster than past immigrants in a country without an official language. More

Are schools getting tongue-tied?
District Administration Magazine
English as a second language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages — more than 100 in some locations — as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country.More

Closing the vocabulary gap
Language Magazine
One promise of public education is to level the playing field across the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrum. Unfortunately, the system is not fulfilling that promise.More

California to spend more to educate poor, non-English speakers
Reuters
Public schools in California would receive significantly more money to educate students from disadvantaged backgrounds under a deal announced that would dramatically reshape public school funding in the nation's most populous state. The deal, part of a broader agreement on the state's budget, also gives local school districts more control over how they spend the $55.3 billion that the state expects to allocate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.More

Nevada governor signs bill to fund English learner programs
Education Week
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed legislation that will, for the first time in the state's history, provide funds specifically for students who are English language learners. It's a notable turn of events in Nevada, which is one of just a small handful of states that did not provide targeted funding to pay for the education of ELLs, something that educators and advocates have been seeking for years as the population of English learners grew exponentially.More

New effort by Clinton Global Initiative to assist authors of native childrens books
Native News Network
The lack of diversity in children's literature is a problem that affects all children, especially children from low income families, who rarely see themselves, their families or their communities in the stories they read.More

Study: Latinos learn English faster than previous immigrants
ThinkProgress
A new study demonstrates that Latinos are learning English faster than past immigrants in a country without an official language. The study, conducted by Joseph Salmons of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Miranda E. Wilkerson of Columbia College, looked at German immigrants to the U.S. from the 19th century and their rate of English use. More

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism
The Telegraph
Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.More

Teacher prep and ELLs: NCTQ's 'strong' and 'weak' programs
Education Week
Just seven out of more than 520 elementary teacher preparation programs earned a top score for the attention they pay to getting teacher candidates — in both undergraduate and undergraduate programs — ready to meet the needs of the large and growing population of English language learners in public schools, according to a new and controversial review of teacher education programs.More