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No Child Left Behind bill passes Senate committee, but no end in sight for recasting Bush law
The Huffington Post
A lengthy overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act passed through a Senate education committee, with senators voting 10-12 along party lines. The "Strengthening America's Schools Act" is an over 1,000-page bill authored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. It rolls back some of the more stringent aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act, but keeps in place the requirement that states set and report performance targets for their students.
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California to spend more to educate poor, non-English speakers
Reuters
Public schools in California would receive significantly more money to educate students from disadvantaged backgrounds under a deal announced that would dramatically reshape public school funding in the nation's most populous state. The deal, part of a broader agreement on the state's budget, also gives local school districts more control over how they spend the $55.3 billion that the state expects to allocate for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
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How can portfolio assessment develop English language teaching?
By Ream Odetallah
An assessment is a tool used for grading students objectively, and the types of assessments implemented vary concretely to obtain certain goals that a teacher has set during the learning process as part of language development. To create optional assessments targeted for a certain class or group of students, there are rubrics that must be followed, and these rubrics shape the forms of evaluations.
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Schools with fewer needy students decry California funding change
Los Angeles Times
Ah Ram Kim is a 17-year-old high school student learning to read English at a first-grade level with the book "The Little Red Hen."

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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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Native-speaking English teachers in decline
The Prague Post
Czech Republic: Kirsty Mooney, 40, was fresh out of university when she decided to leave her hometown of Rochdale, in north England, and move to the Czech Republic.

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Nevada governor signs bill to fund English learner programs
Education Week
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed legislation that will, for the first time in the state's history, provide funds specifically for students who are English language learners. It's a notable turn of events in Nevada, which is one of just a small handful of states that did not provide targeted funding to pay for the education of ELLs, something that educators and advocates have been seeking for years as the population of English learners grew exponentially.
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Obama pushes faster Internet, more tech funding for schools
Education Week
President Barack Obama is calling for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration intends to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling and increasing funding through the program, which is derived from telecommunications fees, with the goal of giving 99 percent of the nation's schools access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet within five years.
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Schools with fewer needy students decry California funding change
Los Angeles Times
Ah Ram Kim is a 17-year-old high school student learning to read English at a first-grade level with the book "The Little Red Hen." Newly arrived from South Korea, she is one of 170 students, who are from Mexico, Vietnam, Egypt, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, at Torrance's North High who are struggling to catch up. Although Kim has the same academic needs as limited-English speakers in a nearby school district in Lawndale, North High's school district, Torrance Unified, is slated to receive less than half as many dollars under Gov. Jerry Brown's school funding overhaul.
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States seek flexibility during Common-test transition
Education Week
With the debut of common assessments less than two years away, states and districts are worried about the accountability systems that hinge on those tests. A growing chorus of policy groups is urging more flexibility in how states evaluate teachers, label schools and enforce other high-stakes consequences during what's likely to be a messy transition. Position papers from a range of organizations seek to stake out turf on the delicate question of how to postpone or temporarily ease some rules without abandoning accountability, at a time when the new, tougher assessments are projected to send test scores — at least at first — into a nose dive.
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Teacher prep and ELLs: NCTQ's 'strong' and 'weak' programs
Education Week
Just seven out of more than 520 elementary teacher preparation programs earned a top score for the attention they pay to getting teacher candidates — in both undergraduate and undergraduate programs — ready to meet the needs of the large and growing population of English language learners in public schools, according to a new and controversial review of teacher education programs.
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Large increase in NYC Latino high school grads, but numbers still lag for English language learners
NBC Latino
More Latino students are graduating from high school in New York City than ever before, but the number of English language learner graduates in the city continues to lag, with a near 5-point drop in graduation rates this year alone. The number of Latino students graduating from high school in New York City rose by 54 percent in 2012 compared to graduation rate data from 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Schools chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced. The overall graduation rate in New York City also rose by more than 39 percent since 2005, an increase of 57,000 graduates. The city's dropout rate since 2005 has declined as well, falling from 22 to 11.4 percent in 2012.
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School considers increased ESL instruction
Cincinnati.com
School board members are considering an increase in one teacher's hours. Shelli Pryor, who teaches English as a Second Language at Ohio's Batavia elementary, middle and high schools, June 17 requested more time to work with students each day. She works a half-day each day, or three hours and 40 minutes, meeting with students in small-group and one-on-one settings.
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Students learn the language, along with the lessons
The Gazette
Yuly Cano, 20, has almost mastered English. When speaking, she sometimes forgets a word. When listening, she sometimes needs words repeated. Cano, whose native language is Spanish, said her last three years since her family moved here from Peru have been a challenge. High school is not easy when you are learning in a foreign language, she said. Still, the state gives Cano and other English language learners the same amount of time to graduate high school as anyone else. At age 21, a student's public school career ends.
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French universities start teaching more classes in English
Here & Now
France: We’re all aware that English is now a global language, so it’s no surprise that some universities abroad are teaching classes in English, instead of in their own languages. Now France — famous for its efforts to protect the French language — is doing the unthinkable. With a push from its minister of higher education, some schools are starting to teach their core classes in English.
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Reaping the benefits of learning English
The Star
Malaysia: Proficiency in English is highly sought-after and now people living in rural areas have a chance to study the language for free with Project 100. This project between Better Malaysia Foundation and nongovernmental organization Science of Life Studies 24/7 will see 100 community centers set up nationwide. Trained teachers, who will be based in the community, will teach English in addition to personal development and ICT skills.
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Silicon Valley Cos. join with labor in teaching janitors English
KQED
If the immigration bill being debated by the Senate becomes law, millions of immigrants eager to become legal residents will need to learn English. It's also currently a requirement for passing the citizenship exam. But studying is a daunting task for people working multiple jobs, and budget cuts to adult education make finding a class difficult.
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Altitude may affect the way language is spoken
University of Miami via Science Daily
Language is formed by giving meaning to sounds and stringing together these meaningful expressions to communicate feelings and ideas. Until recently most linguists believed that the relationship between the structure of language and the natural world was mainly the influence of the environment on vocabulary. Now, a new study published in PLOS ONE shows that there is a link between geographical elevation and the way language is spoken.
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Study: Latinos learn English faster than past immigrants
ABC News
Many who oppose high levels of Latino immigration argue that these new immigrants don't learn English as quickly as prior waves of European immigrants did. A series of new studies, however, reveals a different picture. Latinos are doing pretty well at learning English, especially when compared to many German immigrants of the 19th century, who were considerably slower to acquire the language.
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Urging students to write in the age of Twitter, texting and Facebook
eSchool News
In what could be considered the social media decade, there's often a conundrum in today's classrooms: Students need writing and critical thinking skills more than ever, but with the proliferation of social media, formal writing is quickly going the way of cursive–an antiquated practice from generations past.
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Ready, set, read — Summer fiction ideas for kids of all ages
MindShift
Prevent summer brain drain: that's the reason many backpacks — most likely laying in the same places they were joyfully dropped on the last day of school — contain a rumpled, but hopefully not forgotten, summer reading list from school. Teachers and experts have long suggested that reading over summer break helps kids from losing everything they’ve learned over the school year. And new research shows that reading fiction especially might do more than serve kids academically — it may even make them better people.
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How to teach ... English as a foreign language
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Many people all over the world will be embarking on English language courses this summer, and the Guardian Teacher Network has inspiring resources to help teachers of English as a foreign language, many of which will also be useful for teachers of English as a second language or an additional language working with foreign pupils in the U.K.
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Empowering learners in the 21st century
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
There is so much need, and so much potential, to bring innovation to the learning of our students. Several events over the past two weeks have left me charged with enthusiasm about what's possible: a real upgrade for the education of all students.
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Can digital games boost students' test scores?
MindShift
In the past few years, educators have been closely watching the evolution of digital games used for learning. With a huge influx of products — whether they're individual apps for tablets or an entire suite of software — the market is already big and continues to grow, with entire game-based schools cropping up across the country. There's no question students are interested in digital games — 97 percent of kids play them — but what educators and industry watchers want to know is whether playing those games can actually improve student achievement.
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