NABE Weekly eNews
Jun. 21, 2012

Obama easing deportation rules for young people
USA Today
The Obama administration is easing its policy of deporting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the USA as children and have led law-abiding lives. The announcement, coming five months before the presidential election while President Barack Obama has been under increased pressure from Hispanic groups for his administration's record on deportations, was immediately denounced as "amnesty" by congressional opponents.More

New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics
The Associated Press via Fox News
For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers. An expansive study by the Pew Research Center details what it describes as "the rise of Asian-Americans," a highly diverse and fast-growing group making up roughly 5 percent of the U.S. population. More

Higher education success — key system strategies
IDRA Newsletter
Nationally, more than 40 percent of all students in K-12 schools are minorities. This is double what it was three decades ago. By 2023, in 11 years, minority children will become the majority in our nation's schools. … It is no longer viable for schools to continue to see Hispanic youth as outsiders.More

Colorado AG says no to college's tuition rate for undocumented students
The Denver Post
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said state-supported institutions of higher education do not have the authority to create discounted tuition categories for illegal-immigrant students without legislative approval. The opinion came in response to a query from the Colorado Community College System after Metropolitan State College of Denver's decision earlier this month to create a new tuition rate for such students.More

Experts: Undocumented students could fill bilingual teacher shortage
WFAA-TV
VideoBriefEducators say President Barack Obama's decision to let children of undocumented immigrants work in the U.S. will have a major impact in North Texas classrooms, where 15 percent of bilingual and English as a second language jobs go unfilled. Undocumented but well-educated students will go from working in the shadows to being recruited by districts that pay a $5,000 signing bonus for bilingual teachers.More

North Carolina NAACP renews complaints about student assignment plan
WRAL-TV
The North Carolina NAACP is calling on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to "reinvigorate" its investigation into the Wake County Board of Education, saying the school system's new student assignment plan "has been an abject failure" when it comes to keeping schools economically diverse. More

Boston College invites faculty from 6 other universities to join
e-teaching initiative

Boston Globe
Boston College has invited faculty from six universities to add to a Web-based application that allows professors to digitally build, organize and present content used to teach students, according to campus officials. MediaKron lets faculty arrange a host of instructional, multi-media course material in chronological order and layers, campus officials said.More

Civil rights pioneer plans walk across the state of Mississippi
WMC-TV
VideoBriefThe first African-American to walk into a class at Ole Miss is now on a journey to re-awaken the African-American community – one step at a time. James Meredith pledged to walk the state of Mississippi on the 50th anniversary of his walk for education and truth.More

Texas elementary school library collection honors late teacher
Texas elementary school library collection honors late teacher
The Emerson Elementary School library will have more than 200 Spanish and English books in its library thanks to the family of former first-grade bilingual teacher Rose Harp. The school in Amarillo, Texas, dedicated the new library collection May 31 to honor Harp, who died in January of cancer. She taught at the school for 10 years.More

Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say
it's beneficial

New Scientist via The Washington Post
In this article, reporter Catherine de Lange relates her personal experience growing up bilingual. She says in part, "When I was a baby, my mother gazed down at me in her hospital bed and did something that would permanently change the way my brain developed. Something that would make me better at learning, multi-tasking and solving problems. ... She started speaking to me in French."More