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Common core just might be the greatest (or worst) thing to happen to DLLs
Education Central
Nothing in education is more polarizing than the Common Core State Standards. One of the reasons why is related to dual language learners. As states implement the CCSS, many educators are concerned that raising academic standards presents challenges for DLLs. By contrast, some educators and stakeholders are framing the CCSS as an opportunity.
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Experts weigh in on reforms to No Child Left Behind's Title III
EdCentral
It's been about two weeks since Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., released his draft proposal for rewriting No Child Left Behind. New America's Dual Language Learner National Work Group immediately published some first thoughts on the bill's reforms here. But we also reached out to national experts to get their thoughts on the bill — and what an ideal Title III would look like. The first two responses are included below.
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More special-needs students remain at charter schools, report finds
The New York Times
In the continuing battle over the growth of charter schools, critics often say that many New York charter schools push out students with special needs. But the city's Independent Budget Office recently released a report that charter school supporters saw as vindication. It said that children with disabilities stayed at charter schools at a slightly higher rate than they did at traditional public schools.
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Call for proposals: Singapore 2015
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Obama budget includes $1 billion for Native American education
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's budget request will include $1 billion for American Indian schools next year, including millions of dollars to renovate crumbling buildings and connect remote classrooms via broadband Internet. The proposal, administration officials announced recently, would add another $150 million to current funding levels for the Bureau of Indian Education, which oversees nearly 200 schools serving more than 40,000 children across 23 states.
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Is this the end of standardized testing as we know it?
By Caitlin Harrison
No Child Left Behind is back in the news again. And this time it may mean big changes are in store. The U.S. Senate has begun its most concentrated effort yet on revamping the 13-year-old law. The sweeping overhaul began with a hearing focusing on one of the law's most notorious requirements: standardized testing. In the works are proposals to revamp testing by removing the tests' high stakes or even toss out the requirement that students be tested annually.
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Can school districts regulate what educators say on social media?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The raging social media debate across the country — about inappropriate conduct between teachers and students — is driving school districts to set stringent rules for educators. Along with protecting students from irreparable emotional or other damages, there is also an increasing concern about the damage these actions could do to the positive and needful online communication between the two groups.
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Complaint argues discrimination against ELLs in Connecticut
FOX CT
A federal office is investigating Connecticut's schools after a complaint was filed by a former board of education member claiming discrimination against English Language Learner students. "All English Learners in New Britain Schools have to take English Language Development instruction before they could take regular courses," the complainant wrote to the Office of Civil Rights in 2013. "This discriminates against English learners because it deprives them from equal access to those disciplines and puts them behind."
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NCES data shows Northeast spending most on public school students
Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics recently issued new data on states' per-pupil spending. Per the data, which measures the revenues and expenses per public school student in the 2011-12 school year, the Northeast spend the most per-pupil, topped at over $19,000 per student by New York and the District of Columbia. At about $6,500, Utah and Idaho were the lowest-spending states.
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Reading instruction and the achievement gap
The Huffington Post
One of the schisms dividing the education field is the differing opinions about "reading" and "reading instruction." To those outside the field, this might seem a little — shall we say — arcane. Reading is what you're doing right now, right? No mystery there. And reading instruction — that's what kindergarten and first-grade teachers do. They sing the alphabet song, point to the letters, and read Frog and Toad a bunch of times, and that's reading instruction, right?
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Research: Ripping out Carnegie Unit can't promise education reform success
THE Journal
The idea of the Carnegie Unit as one of the defining measurements in education will be tough to uproot, according to a new report out by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. And even if it were eliminated, there would be no guarantees of improved student performance. In fact, suggested the report, at a minimum, the Carnegie Unit at least ensures students equal time to learn.
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Working effectively with parents — sometimes silently
By Thomas Van Soelen
Parents are a critical stakeholder in schools, particularly when a leader or governance group needs to make an important decision. What leaders, often times those at the central office, lack are a set of strategies to use with parents other than "let's talk about that." In Georgia, the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education started to experience a wonderful problem in recent years: too many students. After a decade of declining enrollment, multiple years of 10 percent unexpected growth put leaders on high alert.
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Mobile game uses gestures to teach language
THE Journal
Two doctoral students in linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a gesture-based language learning game for iOS devices. The game, called Nano Nano, is currently available for Spanish language learning. Players cruise around in a virtual car with a character named Beta and help her rescue words that have been stolen by Nanobots.
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