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6 mins ago
‘I fought to be here.’ Amid national debate, Newark students share their immigration stories
Students at Hawkins Street School wrote about the challenges and promises of building a life in a new country.
19 hours ago
Memphis principal retires after 17 years lifting up school with long odds
The U.S. Department of Education recognized Yolanda Heidelberg and Jackson Elementary School in 2016 for academic gains for students of color from poor families.
Speak my language
May 3, 2018
New York City to add almost 50 bilingual programs, the latest in a push to help English learners
The expansion continues an aggressive push under the de Blasio administration to meet a pledge to the state to offer more options for students who are learning English.
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…
March 26, 2018
Westminster district signs agreement to better serve students learning English
The U.S. Department of Justice said the agreement was reached to resolve the district's "noncompliance."
March 20, 2018
Spike in refugee students fuels increase in English language learners at two adult charter schools
The campuses are less than two miles apart.
October 12, 2017
Why it’s difficult to understand how well Colorado’s English learners are performing compared to their peers
Identification and suppression rules make it difficult to gauge how Colorado English learners are performing compared to their peers.
July 24, 2017
English learners are underrepresented in New York City’s career and technical ed programs, report finds
New York City’s English language learners are both under-enrolled in the city’s CTE programs and less likely to complete them, according to a new report.
April 26, 2017
With students arriving every day, Memphis seeks to join other cities with newcomer programs for English language learners
The proposed newcomers program would help provide a foundation in English for recently arrived students from outside the United States.
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.
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February 28, 2017
City to open 68 new bilingual programs, signaling support for immigrants in NYC public schools
The new programs are a combination of 39 dual language programs and 29 transitional bilingual education.
February 23, 2017
Advocates decry Fariña’s explanation of low graduation rates among English learners
Members of a group that helps Haitian immigrants think the city’s 27 percent June graduation rate for English learners is related to high school admissions.
coming from the mountains
February 10, 2017
Are New York City’s dropout and grad rates for English learners as bad as they look?
The 5.5 percent increase in the dropout rate represents fewer than 90 students.
January 30, 2017
Haslam proposes 5 percent boost for K-12 education in Tennessee
In addition to proposing free community college for all Tennesseans, Haslam asks for almost $183 million more in K-12 education spending.
January 10, 2017
What a refugee student from Iraq taught me about reaching newcomers
Each day, I failed to get through to Fahad. Each day, I tried anyway. Eventually, we both learned important lessons.
in the middle
October 31, 2016
In the polarized charter school debate, one study offers a ‘balanced’ picture
The debate over charter schools often feels black and white. The reality, according to a new report is not nearly as clear-cut.
October 14, 2016
In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues
A senior policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign channeled the Democratic presidential candidate at an intimate question-and-answer session on Thursday hosted by Teachers…
September 29, 2016
Meet the charter leader signing up to teach kids with no English skills — and the student who inspired her
Charter school founder Kristin McGraner was inspired to join up with Metro Nashville Public Schools to start a program for students brand new to English.
September 22, 2016
New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
The New York City Department of Education will spend $113 million to expand and improve career and technical education programs.
September 16, 2016
Does Tennessee have to follow its own school spending plan? Court prepares to weigh in
Attorneys for the state and Nashville face off on the funding question at a court hearing in Nashville.
August 8, 2016
How one Queens high school became a safe haven for children fleeing Central America
The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology is finding creative ways to serve an influx of new immigrants from Central America.
August 4, 2016
With students speaking 10 different languages, teachers at Indianapolis’ ‘Newcomer’ school find creative ways to communicate
Indianapolis Public School's brand new program for students who have just arrived in the country opened its doors for the first time.
August 1, 2016
First Person: Our stopgap strategies for helping long-term English learners aren’t good enough
Too often, we simply have more adults work with our neediest students, instead of the right adults, writes Rob Gulya, a special-education teacher in the Bronx.
May 17, 2016
Charter schools raise questions but draw no sanctions from state policymakers
The Board of Regents renewed two charter schools despite discussions about student achievement at the schools.
roundtable with rosa
May 9, 2016
New chancellor Rosa says she’s concerned about charters; wants more options for English learners
Chancellor Betty Rosa opened up about a range of contentious education issues during a whirlwind tour of New York City this weekend.
Updated April 4, 2016
City to add dozens of dual-language programs as they grow in popularity
Chancellor Carmen Fariña, whose parents were Spanish immigrants, has made the expansion of dual-language programs a top priority.
December 3, 2015
Amid anti-refugee political rhetoric, Nashville schools welcome displaced students
Students fleeing Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other war-torn nations find refuge and learning in Nashville schools, and teach their classmates a few lessons, too.
August 7, 2015
The not-so-secret ELL summer slide problem that no one has quantified
English learners may have a deeper learning loss during the summer than their native-English speaking peers. But there’s no broad data that proves this.
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.
July 16, 2015
The basics of English language learning: Schools struggle to adapt
Indianapolis is at the center of the state's demographic shift, seeing more than 200 percent growth in English learners since 2001.
July 13, 2015
New online student registration kicks off at Shelby County Schools
With just a few hiccups, Tennessee's largest public school district moves to an all-online student registration process designed to be easier and more efficient.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
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.
May 5, 2015
New curriculum, but not for youngest English learners in DPS
Denver Public Schools adopted new K-8 curriculum, but there's still nothing on the market for young readers that's Common Core-aligned and designed for English learners.
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
Teachers connect with language learners with strategy and purpose
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment for them. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
April 22, 2015
Charter innovations show promising results for teaching language
As the number of English language learners in Indianapolis charter schools swells, some schools are becoming beacons for a fast-growing Latino population.
April 22, 2015
IPS struggles to bridge the gap with language learners and their families
Indianapolis Public Schools is soon to undertake a similar reconsideration: system-wide rethinking of the way it assists English language learners.
April 21, 2015
From Burma to Southport: Finding your way in an unfamiliar world
Leaders at Southport High School have a plan when English learners arrive. But it wasn’t always that way. They had to make mistakes and learn, just like their students.
April 19, 2015
As immigration reshapes Indianapolis, schools struggle to keep up
Immigration is rapidly changing Indianapolis, and the changes are having major effects on schools.
April 17, 2015
Coming next week: Stories of struggle and success for English learners in Indianapolis schools
On Monday, Chalkbeat will begin a series of stories examining the struggles of Indianapolis schools to prepare immigrant to graduate high school fluent in English.
February 25, 2015
Baez: City will analyze enrollment data to help English learners
New Deputy Chancellor Milady Baez told council members about a number of new initiatives for English language learners.
February 25, 2015
Fariña adds deputy chancellor role for English language learners
Chancellor Carmen Fariña has promoted Milady Baez from the head of the office of English language learners to a deputy chancellor role.
Is two better than one?
February 15, 2015
DPS considers ending dual language programs at two southwest schools
DPS is considering replacing dual language programs at Valverde Dual Language Academy and CMS Community School.
January 16, 2015
Push for bilingual pre-K classrooms gains strength as city expands both programs
The city's dual-language programs are something of a citywide secret, though there is strong research on the educational power of those programs for young learners.
January 14, 2015
City to add or expand 40 dual-language programs
Twenty-five schools will add dual-language programs this fall, and 15 more will have their programs expanded, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Wednesday.
January 13, 2015
State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants
Students who arrive in the U.S. during high school and are still learning English could now find it slightly easier to earn a diploma, thanks to a new change to state graduation requirements.
January 8, 2015
Federal guidelines updated for teaching English language learners
Districts and states must identify English language learners in a timely and reliable manner and ensure that they receive the same quality education as students speaking English as a first language.
December 17, 2014
Denver Public Schools “back to the drawing board” in search for Common Core-aligned curriculum
District officials say that the textbooks and other academic resources that are on the market right now aren’t up to snuff, especially for Denver’s large population of English learners.
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