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Quebec community fights to keep English language high school
Ottawa Citizen
Canada: Students, parents and community members in the Outaouais, Canada, are rallying around the last English language high school in the region as the province lays out plans to close St. Michael's in Low. If the plan goes ahead, students in grades seven to 11 will have to bus 1 1/2 hours each way to and from classes at Philemon Wright high school in Hull, and, while the province might save about $250,000 a year on short-term operating costs, the community fears the long-term cost to students and English speakers in the Gatineau valley could be grave.
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Are schools getting tongue-tied?
District Administration Magazine
English as a second language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K-12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages — more than 100 in some locations — as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country. And the number of English language learners has increased by 65 percent between 1993 and 2004 compared to barely a 7 percent increase in the total K-12 population, according to a 2006 study by the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition. And according to the Migration Policy Center, more than 70 percent of ESL students are Spanish speaking.
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Arizona English learner program upheld in federal court
Education Week
Arizona schools may continue to keep English learners in language-instruction classes for up to four hours a day, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running case over the civil rights of ELLs in the state. U.S. District Judge Raner Collins ruled that the state's education program for students who are still learning English does not violate their civil rights, despite arguments from plaintiffs in the case that the program keeps ELLs from receiving much, if any, meaningful instruction in the core academic content areas.
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After the successful launch of the English Language Teacher Development series from TESOL Press, editor Thomas S. C. Farrell is seeking proposals for another round of topics. Deadline is 1 June 2013. Read the book call for specific requirements and topics.
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US Department of State grant opportunities — University Partnerships
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The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad announces two open competitions for cooperative agreements to establish a University Partnership between a four-year college or university in the United States and institutions of higher education in Pakistan. Details on each grant opportunity are available via the following links: University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, in applied linguistics with an emphasis on English language skills — deadline 29 April 2013; Kinnaird College for Women in English literature with an emphasis on American literature — deadline 2 May 2013.
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Arizona English learner program upheld in federal court
Education Week
Arizona schools may continue to keep English learners in language-instruction classes for up to four hours a day, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running case over the civil rights of ELLs in the state.

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Mathematically speaking
Language Magazine
Do you speak math? Not sure what we mean? Well, math can be thought of as a language filled with vocabulary, symbols and sentence structures. These can make things difficult for students who wish to relate math to their everyday language and experiences.

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In Hong Kong, few school spots for English speaking children
SmartPlanet
Hong Kong: In Hong Kong, 5-year-olds have resumes listing violin lessons, horse-riding sessions, language classes and more, and interview to get into a prestigious school.

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With vouchers, states shift aid for schools to families
The New York Times
A growing number of lawmakers across the country are taking steps to redefine public education, shifting the debate from the classroom to the pocketbook. Instead of simply financing a traditional system of neighborhood schools, legislators and some governors are headed toward funneling public money directly to families, who would be free to choose the kind of schooling they believe is best for their children, be it public, charter, private, religious, online or at home.
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With GOP advocate, education issues could gain steam in Congress
Education Week
Education issues — which haven't gotten a lot of attention from Congress over the past four years — may have picked up an unlikely but powerful advocate: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. As the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the Virginia Republican has a major role in setting the agenda for the chamber. Throughout President Barack Obama's first term, Cantor served as a key counterweight to the administration's agenda on a broad swath of domestic issues, largely aligning himself with more conservative House Republicans on everything from health care to deficit reduction.
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Bill increasing time for English language learners' advances
Check & Balance
Schools with students who are learning English would get more support and more time to teach it, under a bill advanced by Colorado lawmakers. The state currently requires and pays for schools to offer two years of instruction to English language learners — or ELL students. The bill would expand that support to five years, consistent with national research on how long it takes to learn a language. The Colorado Department of Education would provide support for training more teachers.
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Republicans introduce legislation to discriminate against non-English speakers
ThinkProgress
Republicans are continuing their minority outreach efforts by introducing a bill outlawing Spanish and other non-English languages from being used in federal documents. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, most recently in the headlines after attacking President Barack Obama's young daughters for going on vacation, introduced the English Language Unity Act in the House, along with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in the Senate. As King notes on his website, the bill would require "all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English."
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Core withdrawal? Some states seem to be reconsidering their Common Core commitments
Scholastic Administrator
Alabama's move in February to withdraw from both of the groups designing assessments for the Common Core, PARCC and Smarter Balanced, raised red flags across the country. Alabama's pullout echoed Utah's, which withdrew from Smarter Balanced last year. And in Indiana, former education commissioner Tony Bennett was denied reelection last November, largely due to his support for the new Core standards. Leaders on both sides of the issue expect that these cracks in state support for the standards may grow.
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Testing, early learning and the pace of reform: Talking with teachers
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Arne Duncan, the secretary of the Department of Education, writes: "Our work at the U.S. Department of Education aims to make sure that students throughout this country have the education that they deserve — an education that will give every student a genuine opportunity to join a thriving middle class. A crucial part of that work is supporting, elevating and strengthening the teaching profession. As often as I can, I spend time talking with teachers about their experience of their work, and of change efforts to improve student outcomes."
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Texas school district facing ESL, bilingual challenges
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"Accredited Warned" is the new official label for Texas' Midland Independent School District, because, for nearly a decade, their ESL students haven't performed as well on standardized tests. In Dr. Ryder Warren's monthly newsletter, he addressed this issue. He said that over the next year, the district will be monitored by a Texas Education Agency consultant.
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Intern teachers: Special training is needed to teach English learners
San Jose Mercury News
Imagine your family transplanted to a new country. Neither you nor your children speak the local language; the education system functions entirely differently. Who do you want teaching your child: a teacher who knows how to teach both academic subjects and the new language to non-native speakers or a teacher with little to no training in either?
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A closer look at Texas' English language learners
KUT News
About 850,000 students in Texas are English language learners. That's 1 in 6 students, and their numbers are growing fast. Last year, Texas spent an average of $234 per English-learning student. By contrast, the Austin school district spent nearly $1,300 dollars per English-learning student. That's five times the state average. Part of AISD's extra spending comes from a new language program. In this two-way, dual-language program, half of the students are English learners and the other half are native English speakers. The goal is for English learners to develop both English and their primary language, while native speakers learn a new one.
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Students need better English instruction
Arab News
Saudi Arabia: Most Saudi students today study English for six or more years, from middle school right up until the end of high school. Why, then, are there constant reports that their English speech and comprehension is below par? And what can we do to improve matters, short of offering them the opportunity to live in an English-speaking country for a time? That is still the best way to become fluent in a foreign language — particularly if it happens early in life, before age 13. But even as teenagers and adults, there are elements that can optimize our learning a foreign language, and with some resources and planning, they can happen anywhere. The problem is that they don't seem, currently, to be happening here.
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Minnesota bill: In-state tuition for illegal immigrants
The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio
Lawmakers are considering extending Minnesota's resident tuition rates for public colleges to illegal immigrants. Sen. Sandy Pappas, D-St. Paul, is leading the push to make college cheaper for illegal immigrants on the condition that they graduate from high school and apply to legalize their immigration status as soon as possible.
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The test? Find more straight-A teachers
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"We know a good teacher when we see one," said Jaak Aaviksoo, the minister for education in Estonia. Yet beyond that apparently simple recognition lurked a host of other questions: What makes a great teacher great? Can it be labeled or measured? And if we do manage to identify the ingredients, how can we create more great teachers? These were among the issues at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, convened in Amsterdam in March by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Education ministers, leaders of teachers' unions and policy makers from 25 countries gathered with 150 teachers from around the world to discuss the current state of classroom practices. The most passionate disagreements concerned the topic of using evaluation to improve teaching.
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Digitally aided education, using the students' own electronic gear
The New York Times
Educators and policymakers continue to debate whether computers are a good teaching tool. But a growing number of schools are adopting a new, even more controversial approach: asking students to bring their own smartphones, tablets, laptops and even their video game players to class. Officials at the schools say the students' own devices are the simplest way to use a new generation of learning apps that can, for example, teach them math, test them with quizzes and enable them to share and comment on each other's essays.
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How to teach ... phonics
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United Kingdom: From the much-maligned key stage 1 screening test, which asks children to sound out words such as "drall," "halp" and "snope," to the current embrace of the synthetic phonics model in U.K. schools, how to teach reading and writing is a subject of hot debate. All schools will have their own favorite phonics program. But whether you are Floppy fans or find joy in Jolly or elsewhere, the Guardian Teacher Network has some excellent resources to complement phonics work in school and at home, and help your pupils learn the most important lessons of their lives.
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