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Language support for newcomers at risk of being traded off
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia: While politicians proudly proclaim the achievements of our multicultural state at local community events, the NSW government is quietly dismantling a key plank of multiculturalism since its inception in the 1970s — the dedicated statewide funding and provision of English language services to migrant and refugee students in state government schools. The English as a second language program provides specialist ESL teacher support to newly arrived and ongoing English language learners in public primary and secondary schools across the state. It now comprises 896 teaching positions staffed by about 1600 specialist ESL teachers, supporting more than 130,000 migrant and refugee students.
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Using sentence frames, sentence starters and signal words to improve language
By Erick Herrmann
For students to be college- and career-ready, they must gain academic language proficiency. Academic language is much more than just the vocabulary of the subject area being taught. To help students at all language proficiency levels incorporate higher levels of academic language into their speech and writing, teachers can incorporate the use of sentence frames, sentence starters and signal words with students at a variety of proficiency levels.
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Lawmakers at odds over NCLB's successor
eSchool News
The one-size-fits-all national requirements of No Child Left Behind would give way to standards that states write for themselves under legislation introduced by senators of both parties, with one key difference: The Republican version of the bill would eliminate the Education Department's role in overseeing the standards and give governors the final say.
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Bilingual preschool program proves popular
Cincinnati.com
The first-ever Erlanger-Elsmere Bilingual Preschool Summer Program kicks off at Arnett Elementary in Ohio, and has already garnered a huge response from the community.

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The current education policy may be hurting Latino students
ABC News
A group of Latino education experts from across the country urged policymakers in Washington, D.C., to take steps to improve education for Hispanic students.

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English learners and the new science standards
Education Week
The final set of new science standards released to the public presents an unprecedented opportunity for English-language learners to learn rich, academic language at the same time they are learning rigorous science content, language experts say.

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Governors, state education chiefs discuss improving child literacy
The Washington Post
Governors and education chiefs from nine states said Tuesday that a focus on early-childhood education, the changing dynamic of families and supporting low-income students could help improve literacy across the country. Discussing the nation's literacy crisis at a Washington Post policy forum in the District, the panel of political and education leaders said states need to do more to help children learn to read by the third grade, a key educational milestone at which children shift to "reading to learn." Those who can't read proficiently by third grade are more likely to struggle in later grades.
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GOP bill on schools would set fewer rules
The New York Times
Signaling a preference for a much smaller role for the federal government in public schooling, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is introducing legislation to revise No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era education law. Coming two days after Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and chairman of the Senate education committee, released a 1,150-page education bill, the bill by Alexander, who is the ranking Republican on the committee, will compete with it.
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Rival proposals show no clear path to ESEA rewrite
Education Week
Lawmakers in Congress introduced three separate pieces of legislation to rewrite the long-stalled Elementary and Secondary Education Act — but none of the measures has bipartisan backing, meaning that there will almost certainly not be a reauthorization this year. All three bills — like the administration's series of waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act — would move away from "adequate yearly progress," the key yardstick at the center of the 11-year-old federal school accountability law. But the similarities largely end there.
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Teacher pension funds hit district budgets, Fordham report says
The Huffington Post
School districts across the country are so hobbled by the recession that they've increased class sizes, closed buildings and scaled back pre-kindergarten programs. Some have closed for summer a month early. Despite an economic recovery, the worst days are yet to come, according to a new report. Unfunded liabilities from teacher pensions have been eating away at school district budgets. And because of the looming retirement of baby boomer teachers, the pension liabilities are projected to grow exponentially, according to a report from the right-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
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Huckabee urges states to back Common Core
The Washington Times
As conservative opposition to the national K-12 education standards known as Common Core continues to grow, a leading figure in the Republican Party is lending his voice in support of the system. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for his party's presidential nomination in 2008, penned a letter to lawmakers in Oklahoma, urging them to stick by the standards even as Michigan, Indiana and other states have backed away from them.
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Gates Foundation looking to make nice with teachers
The Seattle Times
Five years into the second phase of its mission to overhaul America's public schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is moving to work more closely with teachers, generating interest but also wariness because of past hostilities.
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Why our current obsession with high-stakes testing is wrong
eSchool News
The members of AASA, the school superintendents association, are committed to guaranteeing to every American child a public education that develops his or her achievement in each of the areas that traditionally have been goals of American schools. First and foremost, our schools should promote good citizenship, including the habit and practice of participation in civic life by voting — as well as by contributing to community well-being in voluntary association with fellow citizens. High achievement includes the organizational and collaborative skills needed to participate effectively in our democracy and practice in the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
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Education reform bills pour out of Congress
The Hill
Members of the House and Senate introduced several education-related bills, including a Senate proposal to reauthorize and amend the No Child Left Behind Act. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who sponsored that bill with other Democrats, said the goal of the bill is to codify some of the flexibilities that the Department of Education has given to states as they try to meet NCLB standards. "We ask for a system of shared responsibility with States and school districts," Harkin said of his bill, S. 1094. "I believe that we are entering an era in which the federal government can work in partnership with States to improve our nation's schools, while continuing to provide a backstop to avoid returning to old ways."
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Latest immigration reform news: Rubio toughens bill's English language requirement
International Business Times
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will introduce an amendment to the 2013 immigration reform bill that would require undocumented immigrants to learn English before they are given permanent resident status. Rubio is one of eight senators who co-wrote the measure. Currently, English is mandated for those who want to earn citizenship. The proposed reform bill also requires immigrants to show proficiency in English. Rubio's proposed amendment will remove previous provisions that say such proficiency can be met by simply enrolling in a language course.
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Bilingual preschool program proves popular
Cincinnati.com
The first-ever Erlanger-Elsmere Bilingual Preschool Summer Program kicks off at Arnett Elementary, and has already garnered a huge response from the community. The program will focus on children who are not proficient in the English language and prepare them for academic life by building confidence and encouraging interaction with other children. Emely Mejia is an English language learners para educator and will be teaching the program this summer throughout the month of July.
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The English language in the 'Asian century'
University World News
Asia: Asia is seen as the future for the internationalization of higher education, and the globalization of English is enabling this future. Countries in Asia have therefore started to align their internationalization strategies towards this Asia focus. For example, Singapore's Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat concluded in his talk at the Singapore Management University on 16 February: "Asia is going to be a critical part of our future. The more we understand what is going on in Asia, the better our future will be. We must position ourselves as a global Asian hub that connects Asia with the world." The internationalisation of higher education and the English language play a key role in Singapore's endeavour to become a "global Asian hub" and to identify and create "advantages that others find relevant."
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The US foreign language deficit
Language Magazine
In an increasingly globalized world, the U.S. is at an ever-increasing disadvantage due to the lack of foreign language skills among Americans. Other than heritage-language speakers, it is estimated that only between one in eight and one in four Americans have the foreign language skills necessary to hold a conversation in a language other than English. According to the Modern Language Association, enrollment in a course in a language other than English at the postsecondary level stands at 8 percent, as opposed to 16 percent in 1960 — the same time frame in which globalization has increased.
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New English language test for UAE companies
Gulf Business
United Kingdom: The British Council has released its latest English proficiency assessment tool, Aptis, to the UAE market to help companies test the competency of their employees' English. Aptis is a test for adults which can be used to assess ability in four English skills including speaking, listening, reading and writing. It can also be customized to test one or more specific skills, allowing organizations to assess factors relevant to their needs.
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7 ways to prevent summer learning loss
Edutopia
Summer is upon us once again, and parents are beginning to plan for their children's days without a school schedule. Dreams of days filled with family, friends, freedom and laughter are in students' heads as they say goodbye to another school year. However, a nonacademic summer can cause students at every grade level to digress two to three months in their academic skills. Half an hour to an hour set aside daily can help students close learning gaps and perform at higher levels during the upcoming school year. Summer is an ideal time for students of all ages to strengthen their academic skills while still having plenty of time left over for summer activities.
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Teach with your iPhone: Apps to use in the classroom
Edutopia
You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change up their daily routine. These apps can make everyday tasks easier, simplify what you're already doing and maybe just inspire others to make an investment in technology at your school.
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