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Vancouver students falsely labelled English language learners
CBC News
Canada: A south Vancouver school is being accused of falsely inflating the number of English language learning students in its classrooms to get more funding from the province. Sarah Perrin's five-year-old daughter Krystina entered Sir Sandford Fleming Elementary in September, and was labelled an ELL student despite the fact she speaks perfect English. Perrin suspects it is because Krystina has her father's Mexican-sounding last name. "I feel it's racial profiling for funding," said Perrin. ELL — formerly known as ESL, or "English as a Second Language" — usually applies to school-age students, whose primary language is not English and who require extra help learning it.
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English learners an asset for global, multilingual future: Arne Duncan and Libia Gil
Los Angeles Daily News
Over the last several days, 230 American men and women competed against and socialized with athletes from 87 other nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are not only a test of individuals' athletic prowess, but also a test of nations' good will, collaboration and diplomacy — and ability to find a common language. As the late Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." To provide our children an excellent education, and to keep America competitive economically, we would do well to heed his words.
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Surrey MP livid over Kwantlen accepting international applicants into a program, but not Canadians
Surrey Now
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to enroll in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's English Lanquage Studies Program this spring semester are being turned away, while applications from international students are being accepted. "There's something wrong with this picture," says Surrey MP Jasbir Sandhu, referring to the message on the university's website. He says it's "appalling" and "un-Canadian."
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Florida gathering input on new English language proficiency standards
Education Week
It appears Florida will soon make a choice between sticking with ELPA 21 — a group of 11 states it joined in 2012 to develop new English-language proficiency standards and assessments — or ditching it for WIDA, a larger consortium of states that already shares proficiency standards and assessments for English language learners.

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Los Angeles schools' plan for non-English speakers: Segregation or solution?
The Christian Science Monitor
Los Angeles schools are moving forward with a plan to separate English language learner students from native speakers in all core elementary school classes. Protests have erupted.

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US experts to train Saudis in English language teaching
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: The Ministry of Education has invited specialists from Columbia University in the United States to train Saudi teachers on methods of teaching the English language.

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NEA criticizes 'botched' Common Core implementation
Education Week
The nation's largest teachers' union said that states and districts in too many places have "botched" the implementation of the Common Core standards, reports my colleague Steve Sawchuk over at Teacher Beat. NEA still supports Common Core, but thinks teachers must be given more time to learn to work with the standards and more professional development.
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Florida gathering input on new English language proficiency standards
Education Week
It appears Florida will soon make a choice between sticking with ELPA 21 — a group of 11 states it joined in 2012 to develop new English language proficiency standards and assessments — or ditching it for WIDA, a larger consortium of states that already shares proficiency standards and assessments for English language learners. Recently, Florida education officials started asking English language learner educators and advocates across the state to review and provide their feedback on the two different sets of English language proficiency standards.
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Common Core tensions cause union heartburn
Education Week
From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools. But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver — the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.
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KELPA testing begins at district schools
Dodge City Daily Globe
Dodge City schools have begun administering the KELPA (Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment) exam for students. Per state guidelines, the test is administered between Feb. 3 and May 2 each year. The test assesses the proficiency of English language learners in four areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Some schools in Dodge City have already begun administering the exam.
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San Francisco seen as model in bilingual education over English only
San Francisco Chronicle
In the 15 years since voters essentially banned bilingual education in state schools, teaching English learners to read, write and do arithmetic first in their native language has nearly disappeared from California classrooms. Since Proposition 227 overwhelmingly passed in June 1998, it's been all about learning English, first and foremost — but not in San Francisco. Nearly 30 percent of the city's 17,000 English learners are in bilingual education programs, compared with 5 percent on average statewide, according to the most recent data available.
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District to work on English language learners mandate
The Milford Dailey News
A new state mandate on English as a second language this week drew criticism from a member of the Mendon-Upton School Committee. District Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak told the committee about the state's Rethinking Equity and Teaching of English Language Learners initiative, aimed at improving education for students for whom English is a second language. He said the federal government, in 2011, ruled that the state was violating the civil rights of these students by not requiring teachers to get professional development in that area.
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Gender, genes play important role in delayed language development
Science Daily
Boys are at greater risk for delayed language development than girls according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The researchers also found that reading and writing difficulties in the family gave an increased risk. The researchers of this study believe that children with delayed language development must be identified as early as possible. Parents, health care workers and child care staff should be aware of the language development of children and encourage an enabling language environment, in some cases with specially adapted measures.
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How opening up classroom doors can push education forward
MindShift
Transparency is not a word often associated with education. For many parents, the time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. can feel like a mysterious part of their child's life. Questioning students about their school day often results in an unsatisfying answer and not every parent has the time to be in constant communication with their student's teacher. For teachers, transparency can have a distinctly negative connotation. In the political debate, the word is often used in connection to hot button issues like posting teacher salaries and benefits publicly or publishing test scores. And within the school walls, transparency can feel like judgement. Teachers can see principal visits as inspections, not respectful check-ins to offer encouragement and suggestions. No school is the same and dynamics between teaching staff and the administration are different everywhere, but for many teachers the classroom is a sacrosanct, personal space.
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