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First grader Aston Prieto, 6, uses magnetic letters to form words in Italian at the Franklin International Language Academy in Glendale, Calif.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week

More States and Districts Embrace Biliteracy

Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country. (October 21, 2015)

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In this Spotlight, explore dual-language programs, common-core instruction for English-learners, and new ELL guidelines.

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05/02 12:51 pm | Report: Unaccompanied Minors Blocked From Enrolling in School in 14 States | An Associated Press investigation found the migrant students were barred from enrolling in K-12 schools, kept out of class for months, or sent to alternative programs that are ...

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Our guests in this online chat discuss the technology tools designed to support English-language learners in school, as well as the resources available for teachers.

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Quality Counts 2009
This report looks at how the sweeping shift in demographic patterns has strained the capacity of school districts to develop and pay for instructional programs to teach children who are still learning English.

Perspectives on a Population
This exclusive 2009 report offers the most comprehensive, data-driven examination to date of ELL students and youths in the United States.

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The Las Vegas-area district, along with state officials and stakeholders, has had to experiment with a number of increasingly urgent initiatives designed to tap new pools of potential teachers.
January 25, 2016 - Education Week
Diversity-centered recruitment initiatives often target the two largest minority groups: African-Americans and Hispanics. Advocates say more efforts are needed to boost the numbers of other underrepresented ethnicities.
January 25, 2016 - Education Week
For big-city districts, Puerto Rico and Spain have becoming recruiting hot spots amid a shortage of teachers for dual-immersion and English-as-a-second-language programs.
January 25, 2016 - Education Week
ESSA, the newly reauthorized version of the ESEA, makes changes in how schools can use money set aside for economically disadvantaged students.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
Newer efforts to bring families of minority students into the classroom are eye-opening for both parents and teachers.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is encouraged by preliminary state-by-state data showing that graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year were up from the year before.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 24, 2015 - Education Week
With more than 130,000 black ELLs in public schools, White House and U.S. Department of Education officials will develop tools for educators.
October 19, 2015 - Education Week
Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
Once a journalist covering English-language learners, Mary-Ann Zehr realized she had a lot to learn once she stepped into the classroom.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week

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