NABE Weekly eNews
Aug. 3, 2012

A message from NABE immediate past president Rossana Ramirez Boyd
National Association for Bilingual Education
NABE immediate past president Rossana Ramirez Boyd provides the NABE membership with a brief summary of NABE’s accomplishments over the past year. "It was a very challenging and at the same time a very rewarding experience to serve as President," she wrote. "As a result of the interaction with many people and organizations involved in bilingual education and a board who puts the best interests of the children at the top of their agenda, we created a new NABE."More

Education secretary urges balanced budget cuts
The Associated Press via the San Jose Mercury News
Services would have to be slashed for more than 1.8 million disadvantaged students and thousands of teachers and aides would lose their jobs when automatic budget cuts kick in, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. He urged Congress to find an alternative deficit-reduction plan that won't undermine the department's ability to serve students in high-poverty schools and improve schools with high dropout rates.More

NY governor signs bill to recognize high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in multiple languages
New York State
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading and writing in multiple languages.More

Report slams for-profit schools for expensive tuition, high drop-out rate
U.S. taxpayers spent $32 billion last year on for-profit private schools, despite the sector's relatively high drop-out rate, according to a congressional investigation. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions found that during the 2008-2009 school year, which is the most recent data available for withdrawal rates, 54 percent of for-profit students dropped out without a degree. That translates to more than half a million students in one school year.More

Texas lawsuit complicates presidential race
The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)
Being rejected by the University of Texas at Austin has not kept Abigail Noel Fisher from having a big influence on the nation's affairs. Her lawsuit challenging Texas' race-conscious undergraduate admission policy has landed at the U.S. Supreme Court just in time to inject the politics of affirmative action into this year's presidential campaigns.More

Change the Stakes members testifies before NY commission
National Association for Bilingual Education
Lauren Cohen, an elementary educator and member of Change the Stakes campaign, testified recently before the New York Education Reform Commission about high-stakes testing. Included is her testimony.More

Maryland county is at the intersection of diversity, culture, language
National Journal
When Yu-Ying Huang emigrated from Taiwan in 1989 with her two children, then seven and 10, she saw firsthand what it was like for students from other lands to learn English, inspiring her career to teach English as a second language. She's been teaching ESOL at secondary schools for 12 years, currently at Northwest High School in Silver Spring, Md., part of the Montgomery County Public School system. MCPS arguably touts the most diverse student body in Maryland and ranks in the top 15 nationally.

Who and where the Dreamers are
Immigration Policy Center
A new analysis casts some much-needed light on the question of exactly who might be eligible for the Obama Administration’s "deferred action" initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children. This initiative offers a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who are under the age of 31; entered the United States before age 16; have lived continuously in the country for at least five years; have not been convicted of a felony, a "significant" misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors; and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. Immigrants who meet these criteria are commonly referred to as "DREAMers" because they comprise most (though not all) of the individuals who meet the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.More

NCTM equity affiliates coalition on CCSS
TODOS: Mathematics for All via eSchool News
The Common Core State Standards represent a state-led effort to introduce K-12 students to rigorous mathematics content and higher-order thinking skills in preparation for future workforce training and/or academic college courses. The intent of a common, coherent understanding among various demographic communities and regions of our nation on the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn for their future is a step in the right direction. More

Is getting on the 'UndocuBus' a good idea?
The New York Times (commentary)
Recently, about three dozen people – many of them undocumented workers – set out on the "UndocuBus," en route to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina to draw attention to the politics of immigration. A Times editorial has cheered on the bus ride, calling it "daring." But is it wise to encourage illegal immigrants to announce their status?More

Rhode Island Kids Count finds 24 percent of state's children live in immigrant families
The Providence Journal
Some 24 percent, or 54,000, of Rhode Island children live in immigrant families, mirroring the national rate of 23 percent, according to a new issue brief by Rhode Island Kids Count. Nearly all immigrant families with children are working families, with 95 percent labor force participation, according to the findings. Still, they are more likely to be poor or low-income than children in U.S.-born families.More

California university trains teachers for bilingual classes
The Press-Enterprise
As school districts expand or start dual immersion programs in which students learn English and Spanish, they need more qualified teachers. University of California-Riverside and the Jurupa Unified School District in California are partners in a new class leading to Bilingual Cross-cultural Academic Development certification for teachers.More

Apple will now let any teacher publish content to iTunes U
Apple is upping its bid for its hot-selling iPad to be a teaching device, with an update today to its iTunes U app that allows any teacher to create a private course. The new features, aimed at K-12 teachers who use iPads in the classroom, allow teachers to create up to 12 private courses. Within each course, teachers can point students to curriculum across lots of different (mostly Apple-powered) media such as iBooks, textbooks, apps, videos and Pages and Keynote documents.More

Job roles shifting for districts' central offices
Education Week
As "chief talent officer" for the Hartford, Conn., school district, Jennifer Allen finds herself in a different role from many central-office personnel who work in human resources. Rather than serve as a conduit for flowing district policy to school principals, who are then expected to act on those centralized decisions, Allen and her team in the 20,000-student district help principals learn how to best exercise autonomy in their schools, from making staffing decisions to figuring out instructional priorities to determining if there's enough money in the school's budget to buy a van for after-school activities.More

7 bilingual iPhone and iPad apps for kids
NBC Latino
It may be summer, but there's no better time to help jump start or sharpen your child's bilingual language skills than during school vacation. And while bilingual education apps may be a far cry from traditional work books or flash cards, appealing to kids' love of "cool" gadgets is a great way to get them excited about learning. To help you get started, here are seven stellar applications for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that make language learning easy and fun.More