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September 20, 2018
In a letter to Betsy DeVos, Michigan officials highlight the plight of refugee students — and ask for testing waiver
To teachers who work with recently arrived refugee students, the problem is clear: Although their students will eventually learn English, their language skills…
April 18, 2018
Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds
Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today.
April 17, 2018
Westminster’s model part of dispute with federal investigators in education of students learning English
Westminster schools may have failed to identify scores of students needing help learning English, and also neglected to effectively teach many of those students, according…
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March 13, 2018
English class for parents at one Memphis school fuels sense of community
Kate Bond Elementary offers a model for Shelby County Schools, where a growing immigrant population is compounding longtime challenges with parent involvement.
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February 14, 2018
Pushing past assumptions: For this Colorado school psychologist, a language difference is not a disability
A Colorado school psychologist talks about how she distinguishes between a language difference and a disability, and how she reached a student tired of testing.
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January 24, 2018
From the Caribbean to Colorado: One teacher’s journey into the family business
A Colorado high school teacher talks about why teachers need a thick skin and how she and a colleague created a program for first-generation college-bound students.
April 26, 2017
$32 million is headed to Indiana schools to educate English-learners
In Indianapolis, the number of English-learners attending Marion County public school districts has almost tripled since 2001.
Updated December 7, 2015
As city promotes dual-language programs, it selects 15 as models
The city has selected 15 schools with outstanding dual-language programs to serve as models for other schools.
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 28, 2015
Indiana charter schools miss out on funding formula boost for English learners
In the new state budget, districts where English language learners make up at least 25 percent of students can qualify for extra aid, but not if they're a charter school.
July 27, 2015
The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names
The seemingly simple step of recording and calling a student by the correct name can have consequences when mistakes happen.
June 1, 2015
20 years of Spanish immersion make Lawrence Township a model for Indiana
A just-passed bill encouraging more dual-language study could mean more students learning in both English and a new language.
May 29, 2015
IPS lays off 14 bilingual assistants among 44 job cuts
The move comes as IPS tries to reduce its spending on central services.
April 28, 2015
Poor districts still losing aid as state budget nears completion
Indianapolis Public Schools, and other high poverty school districts, will take a big financial hit under a compromise state budget plan proposed today, but it could have been worse.
April 23, 2015
Indiana kids learning English are getting less funding, more testing
More than 15 years of steep growth in the number of English language learners in Indiana schools might require a reconsideration of funding and accountability policies.
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