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Sequestration and aid to ELLs: What happens to Title III?
Education Week
Unless a standoff between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans gets rapidly resolved, across-the-board federal spending cuts will be triggered and set off a cascade of effects for public schools, including programs that serve English language learners. Title III, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides roughly $730 million in aid to states and districts to support instruction for students who are not proficient in English. That aid pays for things like ESL teachers, bilingual classroom aides, and curricular materials for English learners.
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Lobbying for English in Indonesia
The Guardian
Indonesia: Indonesian primary school students and teachers returned to school in January knowing that this would be the last semester following their current curriculum. Under guidelines prepared by the national education ministry, the new academic year beginning in July will herald a slimmed down curriculum covering just six subjects — Indonesian language, mathematics, religion, nationalism, art, and sports — with other content such as science taught thematically across the curriculum. English language is not included in the new primary curriculum.
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Teacher survey shows record low job satisfaction in 2012
The Huffington Post
As school districts continued to cut budgets, increase class sizes and implement teacher performance evaluations, teachers' job satisfaction plummeted in 2012, reaching an all-time low, according to a survey. "We've seen a continuous decline in teacher satisfaction," said Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research for pollster Harris Interactive, which conducted the poll for the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher.
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Extended! — Survey of ESL credit policies — Respond by 15 March
TESOL
Extended due to popular demand! TESOL International Association is researching policies at postsecondary institutions in the United States and Canada regarding academic and degree-granting credit for ESL/ESOL courses. If your college, university, or other type of higher education institution offers credit for ESL/ESOL courses, you are invited to complete a brief survey. Your participation will help inform us about ESL students' experience in higher education. You are encouraged to share this invitation with colleagues at other institutions. Access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESLCreditSurvey. Responses are being collected through 15 February. Questions to Michelle Bagwell. Thank you!
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Why promising minority students aren't signing up for AP exams
The Christian Science Monitor
The number of high school students passing at least one Advanced Placement exam is up overall this year, but students from minority groups still lag behind their white peers, particularly in math and science. Among members of the class of 2012, more than 32.4 percent (950,000 students) took at least one AP exam, up from 30.2 percent in 2011. A decade ago, the number was 18 percent, according to an annual report by the College Board, which administers the tests.

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Budget cuts in adult education hurt Hispanics' chances to learn English
VOXXI
State budgets continue to get slashed nationwide, especially for adult education, leaving more Hispanics with decreased opportunities for taking English as a second language classes. "That's a problem you’re seeing in states like California that are so cash-strapped in all types of public education," Migration Policy Institute Policy Analyst Sarah Hooker told VOXXI.

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How 8 top US universities fare in minority graduation rates
National Journal
The universities are ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, a research center housed at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The institutions are judged on academic or research performance, such as the number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes in their fields and having highly cited research papers, among other criteria. Since 2007, American universities have dominated the top 10 list. The United Kingdom has consistently occupied two of those spots.

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Achieving equity in education
The Washington Post
Rep. Michael Honda of California and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University professor and education researcher, remark on "For Each and Every Child," the new report on equity in education that was released by a congressionally mandated commission.
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US schools brace for federal funding cuts
The Washington Post
Schools across the country are sending out pink slips as they brace for the possibility of deep federal budget cuts that could take effect, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. Duncan criticized Congress for failing to reach a deal to stop the across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, which could force thousands of teachers out of their jobs. "There's no one in their right mind who would say that this is good for kids or good for the country, yet somehow it becomes tenable in Washington," Duncan said. He said that "there is no fix" to mitigate the impact of the cuts.
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Report suggests broadly expanding federal K-12 education spending
San Jose Mercury News
In a sweeping vision to broaden educational opportunity, a panel of national education leaders has recommended boosting teacher pay and training, widening access to preschool and adding an unprecedented level of federal involvement in schools. Among the reasons cited by the federal advisory commission for its bold proposal: poor achievement and the yawning achievement gap.
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District NCLB waivers: Do risks outweigh rewards?
Education Week
During a Senate hearing on the U.S. Department of Education's state waiver program under the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked point-blank if he was considering offering similar flexibility for school districts. Duncan gave the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee the strong impression that he was not considering this, despite his own earlier comments that district-level NCLB waivers are very much on the table.
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South Dakota Senate approves additional funding for ELL students
The Argus Leader
The South Dakota Senate voted 31-2 to provide additional state funding for schools with English language learners, but the value of the bonus will be decided later. Sen. Jim White, R-Huron, said 77 of the state's 151 public school districts have ELL students. His original bill, which passed a committee on a 7-0 vote with the support of school lobbyists, would have provided an additional 25 percent per student, or roughly $1,100. He said that's about what it actually costs schools to serve those students.
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'We still belong to Canada:' English language activists protest Marois' tightening of Quebec's language laws
The Canadian Press via National Post
Canada: English-rights activists in Quebec are raising concerns about a proposed new language law they say infringes on their rights. The new law is intended to build on Quebec's landmark language legislation, Bill 101, to strengthen French language in the province. But protesters, who gathered outside Premier Pauline Marois' office, say they feel under attack by the Parti Quebecois government. The group is worried about new rules designed to encourage French in small businesses, municipalities and postsecondary education.
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Report: State school funding unfair
Stateline
A recent report commissioned by Congress found that states don't fund education fairly across jurisdictions and need to do a better job intervening in struggling school districts and encouraging better-qualified teachers to enter the profession — and stay. "In far too many communities, in far too many cities, in far too many states, there are inequities," said U.S. Education Secretary Duncan. "This report doesn't just compel us to think and talk, but to act." The report, overseen by a broad commission that includes academics, education advocates, state and federal officials and labor leaders, targets five major areas for improvement: school funding, teacher quality, preschool, resources in high-poverty communities and school governance and accountability.
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Education department considering district-by-district NCLB waivers
eSchool News
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is talking with individual school districts about how to free them from unworkable parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law, signaling he is open to an approach he long tried to avoid. The education department has given 34 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, and eight others have waiver applications pending ahead of the application deadline.
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Cyberbullying law shields teachers from student tormentors
NPR
Ganging up on classmates online can get students suspended. But sometimes teachers are the target of cyberbullying, and in North Carolina, educators have said enough is enough. State officials have now made it a crime to "intimidate or torment" teachers online. Chip Douglas knew something was up with his 10th-grade English class. When he was teaching, sometimes he'd get a strange question and the kids would laugh. It started to make sense when he learned a student had created a fake Twitter account using his name.
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Education budget cuts are looming — So what does that mean for kids?
Take Part
The word "sequestration" is back, and it's not good news for public schools. Last December, Washington lawmakers finally negotiated to avoid the fiscal cliff that was to go into effect on Jan. 2. Part of the negotiation package included delaying sequestration (across-the-board budget cuts) until March 1. And this time it seems neither party is in the mood for dealmaking. Now that March 1 is looming, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is worried.
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Test helps schools assess students' language needs
The Associated Press via Education Week
Kindergartner Enrique Medieta was busy running his fingers along a world map rug in a Glen Acres Elementary classroom as his English teacher, Marge Hemmer, smiled at him. He was sitting on the part of the rug where Indiana is located. She was on South America. "Enrique, escucho!" Hemmer said, knowing it would be silly to tell him "listen" in English. The boy's family moved from Mexico to Lafayette two weeks ago. He's one of 1,900 local students being evaluated in English proficiency.
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California analyst says K-12 funding overhaul has merits
The Sacramento Bee
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office says in a new report that California Gov. Jerry Brown's school funding overhaul has many strengths but questions the retention of some "irrational" relics from the current system that benefit powerful constituents. California for years has funded schools with a combination of general per-pupil dollars and earmarks dedicated for state-driven purposes. Brown wants to blow up the earmarks and create a new system that gives districts more control and directs more money to schools with impoverished students and English learners.
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Texas district sees boost in elementary reading after rolling out iPads
eSchool News
Third-grader Alexis Rivera flipped through a book about the sun on his iPad with headphone buds in both ears. As he glanced at Spanish-language text at the bottom of each page, an app read aloud the English words at the top. Rivera, an English as a second language student, has 20 books downloaded on the tablet device. Instructors at Bonham Elementary and other campuses in the McAllen, Texas, school district see the technology as a tool to boost reading rates among younger students and say they've already seen a difference in the first months since the tablets were introduced.
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Why promising minority students aren't signing up for AP exams
The Christian Science Monitor
The number of high school students passing at least one Advanced Placement exam is up overall this year, but students from minority groups still lag behind their white peers, particularly in math and science. Among members of the class of 2012, more than 32.4 percent (950,000 students) took at least one AP exam, up from 30.2 percent in 2011. A decade ago, the number was 18 percent, according to an annual report by the College Board, which administers the tests.
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British school has no pupils who speak English as a first language
The Telegraph
United Kingdom: Gladstone Primary school in Peterborough, United Kingdom, which has 440 pupils, is dominated by students from the Punjab, with smaller groups from Afghanistan, Lithuania and Latvia. But despite the language barrier the school has scored highly in its Ofsted reports and the headmaster sees bilingualism as an advantage. Christine Parker, the head, told the Sunday Times: "More and more of the world is going bilingual. "The culture at our school is not to see bilingualism as a difficulty." It is thought the school, in the immigration hotspot of the agricultural area of the Fens, is the only school with no pupils who speak English as a first language.
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At 1 California school district, teachers help teachers get better
The Hechinger Report
Jandella Faulkner crouches beside a table of busy third-graders in Jennifer Larsen's class at Edison Elementary School in Torrance, Calif. The students have pencils in hand, outlines spread around them, and a story about penguins and otters in progress. Faulkner stands to call across the room: "Loving how this group is already talking, Ms. Larsen." Then she swoops down on another table of young authors.
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10 colleges where the most students study abroad
U.S. News & World Report
Students who study abroad often cite it as one of the highlights of their college experience, and it is easy to see why. Studying at a foreign university allows undergrads to stretch their wings, explore new cultures, and forge friendships with students and host families, all while earning college credit. Goucher College in Maryland and Soka University of America in California hold the experience in such high regard that they require every student to spend time abroad before they graduate. The two universities top the list of schools with the most students studying abroad.
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Study: Online courses may be the worst for minorities and at-risk students
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Online college courses are replacing traditional classrooms at a crazy-fast pace, yet it is still unknown whether they are actually better for students. A new large-scale study of 40,000 community and technical college students finds that, compared to traditional courses, students in online courses receive worse grades and are more likely to drop out. The negative impact of online study is disturbingly pronounced for minorities and students already at risk of dropping out.
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Little help for low-income students
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The Obama administration unveiled its new College Scorecard with much fanfare this month. Highlighted to college-bound students as a way to "get the most bang for your educational buck," the Scorecard is intended to serve as a consumer guide for higher education. The first section of the Department of Education's new College Scorecard features the average net price of attendance at the selected institution. To guide users, the scorecard categorizes these average net prices as low, medium or high.
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Bilingual children have a better 'working memory' than monolingual children
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A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory — which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time — than monolingual children. The working memory plays a major role in the execution of a wide range of activities, such as mental calculation (since we have to remember numbers and operate with them) or reading comprehension (given that it requires associating the successive concepts in a text).
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How bilingualism could benefit the brain
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A second language can be a big advantage in many ways — whether you're looking for a new job or want to blend in with the locals on a foreign holiday. But could it also sharpen your brain and help keep it young? A fascinating study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found a connection between faster mental reactions and speaking two or more languages. They found that people who were raised bilingual may have brains that work more efficiently. As they age, their linguistic abilities could help delay a decline in brain power.
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Adobe re-launches online community for educators
THE Journal
Following a site analysis and evaluation of user feedback, Adobe has re-launched Education Exchange, its free online community for educators with new features, including social media capabilities, and a new design. The online community includes member spotlights, discussion forums, member profiles and the ability to see recent member activity. In addition, the professional development segment allows members to participate in live webinars and to access toolkits in lessons.
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Views of technology differ among elementary, high school educators
Education Week
Teachers and principals in elementary schools are more likely to see school leaders' competence in using technology as important than high school educators are, according to a new nationwide survey. That finding is just one of the nuggets included in the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which dissects the views of teachers and principals on a variety of topics, from their workloads to their satisfaction on the job. The widely publicized annual survey revealed frustration among school principals with the increasing complexity and stress associated with their jobs.
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How educators and technology can let students take control
MindShift
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education.
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Teachers going to class as potential principals
San Antonio Express-News
Noverto Gonzales grew up on San Antonio's South Side, and after college achieved his dream of living in New York City and working in fashion merchandising for major retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's in his early 20s. But after a layoff in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and a year in Los Angeles, he returned home to find his next inspiration. He spoke to a former professor's class. The professor told him he should be a teacher.
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Teachers ditch student desk chairs for yoga balls
The Associated Press via NBC News
Students in Robbi Giuliano's fifth grade class sit on yoga balls as they complete their assignments at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School in West Chester, Pa. The exercise gear is part of a larger effort to modernize schools based on research linking physical activity with better learning, said John Kilbourne, a professor of movement science at Grand View State University in Allendale, Mich.
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Promoting grit, tenacity and perseverance — Critical factors for success in the 21st century
ED.gov Blog
How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century — an era of rapidly evolving technology and new opportunities to learn, collaborative and global knowledge work, changing workforce needs, and complex economic and national security interests? Our focus on aspects of academic success such as attainment of content knowledge is necessary; however, creating opportunities to engage and develop a much richer set of skills is critical.
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Are K-12 teachers bearing the burden of digital innovation?
Digital Book World
iPads are entering schools more rapidly than any other technology in recent years. A million iPads were sold to the K-12 market in the month of June 2012 alone. More K-12 school boards, administrators and IT departments are answering "yes" to the question of whether to acquire iPads. But now a set of much more difficult and complex questions arises.
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