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Jun. 28, 2012

US immigrant high school students reflect on
American Dream

Public Radio International
AudioBriefFor a group of Boston 11th-graders, they're looking forward not just to vacation, but also to becoming published authors. Fifteen immigrant students from Boston International High School will be featured in a new publication called "So What Now?" The book is a collection of reflections on the American Dream and the young authors are from places like Sudan, Albania and Colombia.More

Alabama Department of Education to take over Birmingham schools
The Birmingham News
The Alabama Department of Education will take over the Birmingham school system after the Birmingham Board of Education declined to pass a cost-cutting plan. After months of stalling and delaying a state financial plan that included mass layoffs, the Birmingham Board of Education officially rejected it.More

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 valedictorian's choice drew heated comments from locals in Newman, Calif., then sparked a national controversy.More

At 40, Title IX still is maturing
Chicago Tribune
As Title IX went into effect four decades ago, athletic gear, upgraded facilities and even transportation considered standard in 2012 were the signs of dramatically changing times. The 1972 law, celebrating its 40th anniversary, ensured equal education and opportunities regardless of sex in federally funded institutions. It is known best for ushering in sweeping progress to women's athletics. But as the country marks the milestone and women across the country are recounting their days as pioneers, they acknowledge there is work to be done.More

Colleges experimenting with teaching foreign languages online
Education News
As online learning begins to play a bigger role in the education landscape, some have questioned if foreign language instructional courses can make a similar transition and be successfully taught over the internet. Recently, James Madison University became the first institution of higher learning to offer comprehensive online foreign language instruction. The move has caused other education professionals to consider the Internet as a medium for language instruction.More

Consensus scarce in wake of Supreme Court's immigration ruling
Chicago Tribune
The Supreme Court's mixed decision on Arizona's tough immigration law gave both sides an opportunity to celebrate, criticize and, inevitably, point fingers. Above all, it underscored the tricky politics surrounding the emotional issue – for both parties – especially in the midst of a fiercely fought presidential campaign. More

For most US high schoolers, STEM knowledge is only skin deep
U.S. News & World Report
American teens are adept at conducting scientific experiments, but only if they don't stray beyond the basics, according to assessment results released by the National Center for Education Statistics. Seventy-five percent of high school seniors successfully completed straightforward experiments as part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress science exam. When tasked with more complicated experiments, only 25 percent came to the correct conclusion.More

ELLs are focus in teacher-led project on common core
Education Week (blog)
A select group of first-, fourth-, and eighth-grade teachers in Albuquerque, N.M., are in the middle of a major project to develop specific lessons and methods for teaching the new, more-rigorous common core standards in English/language arts to English-language learners. More

Poor economy hits young people hard
The Columbian
We all know about the nation's weak economy and tough job market, but the prolonged recession is hitting high school and college students as well. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of high school students with jobs is at its lowest level in more than 20 years. In 1990, 32 percent of high school students held jobs, compared to 16 percent today.More

Summer activities build resumes for college
Education Week
From academic programs to overseas adventures, the opportunities for high school students to build their college resumes in the summer are plentiful. While such experiences can boost a student's chance to get accepted at some schools, volunteering at a hospital or scooping ice cream for the minimum wage can as well.More