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Senate approves a bill to revamp 'No Child Left Behind'
The New York Times
For the first time in 14 years, the Senate approved a revised version of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law that ushered in an era of broadly reviled, high-stakes standardized testing. But the passage of the bill on a vote of 81-17, coming just a week after the House narrowly passed its own version, sets up a showdown between the two chambers, and leaves the fate of a final measure in doubt. Both bills return some key power to local governments but differ over the role of the federal government and funding allocations.
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States in holding pattern on ELL waiver request
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education may have given Florida unprecedented flexibility when it comes to English-language learners and accountability, but so far, other states haven’t been able to get similar leeway, even though they have tried. Federal officials last year agreed to Florida’s request to give its ELL students two years in a U.S. school before factoring their scores on annual English/language arts and mathematics tests into school grades under the No Child Left Behind Act.
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TESOL Awards & Grants: Now accepting applications
TESOL is now accepting applications for several different awards and grants. Awards for excellence and service, a teaching materials grant, and funding for TESOL 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland are available. Applications must be received by 1 November 2015. Apply today!
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Reflecting forward: 50 years of TESOL
In 1966 a group representing five associations began what is now TESOL International Association. Through the rest of 2015 and all of 2016 TESOL will be reflecting on the past 50 years as well as looking forward to what the future holds for the profession. As a TESOL professional you can participate in the celebration by submitting nominations to three important opportunities for professional recognition: 50 at 50, 30 Up and Coming and TESOL Success Stories.
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50th Anniversary website
The new 50th Anniversary website features TESOL affiliates, as well as the history of TESOL International Association. You can participate by contributing an important milestone to the interactive timeline. Watch for founder's day events, 18 March 2016 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 5-8 April, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Join your colleagues for lots of fun and interesting 50th Anniversary activities — and some surprises!
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New from TESOL Press: CCSS in Math for ELLs, High School
Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this text explores some of the ways high school mathematics content can be made accessible to ELLs by building from their strengths and scaffolding their opportunities to learn more. The chapters included in this text describe specific lessons and instructional moves teachers may make that will not only support their students in learning the mathematical content, but also the associated English structures that accompany the content.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Series Editor for Putting Research into Practice
TESOL Press is seeking an editor for a series that directly connects published research from TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal to classroom instruction. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

TESOL Press call for proposals: Instruction and Assessment for K–12 English Learners
TESOL Press is now accepting proposals for a book (200 pages) on instruction and assessment for K-12 English learners. Proposals due 15 September 2015.

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Foundation calls for more opportunities for English learning
Taipei Times
Taiwan: The Consumers’ Foundation called on universities to take responsibility for improving the English-language abilities of their students, as a certain level of English proficiency is a prerequisite to obtaining a degree. Language training and testing is a huge business in Taiwan, with 90 percent of the nation’s universities requiring students to provide proof of some level of English-language ability before they can graduate.
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As economy improves, K-12 funding expansions top state priorities
By Archita Datta Majumdar
K-12 public education is funded by federal, state and local governments in the United States. While the federal government contributes about 10 percent to the total amount, local taxes make up for the bulk of the fund, about 40-50 percent. The Great Recession resulted in significant budget cuts across the country. However, as the economy is bouncing back, administrators, parents and teachers alike have run out of patience and are pushing for aggressive funding expansion.
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Delhi teams up with NGO to boost English language education in government school
India: Municipal schools in south Delhi could soon be functioning in partnership with non-governmental organizations or private entities, seeking to boost the quality of education, especially the imparting of English language learning to its students. As part of its "School Excellence Program," the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has teamed up with NGO — Arc Foundation — on a pilot basis for a school in Lajpat Nagar, following which the enrollment in the school has jumped "manifold."
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Immigrants boost job prospects at city's Ready to Work program
The Seattle Times
Ever been frustrated trying to find a job? Navigating an online application process or prepping for an interview in a brand-new field can be intimidating. Just off Rainier Avenue, in a classroom lit by a glowing screen projecting the basics of emailing, 15 people from around the world are learning how to do just that — but in a new culture and in a foreign language.
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Korea revamps plans to attract foreign students
The Pie News
The Korean ministry of education has revamped plans to increase foreign student enrollment after three years of falling enrollment have shown a previous goal to increase student numbers by 2020 will likely go unmet. The project also aims to combat declines in the population of domestic college-aged students, which figures show won’t be sufficient to meet college entrance quotas by 2018.
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Many paths to diversity
Inside HigherED
The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will hear arguments about whether colleges have the constitutional right in certain circumstances to consider race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. The case has the leaders of many colleges that do consider those factors worried about what they will do if the court rules against the University of Texas at Austin, whose rejection of a white woman led to the suit.
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Closed captioning gives literacy a boost
Education Week (commentary)
Monica Brady-Myerov writes: "Sometimes I turn on my TV and the closed-captioning feature has been activated. I can't find the button to turn it off, so I think: It won't distract me. And yet, I usually find it impossible to ignore. It turns out that reading same-language subtitles while listening to the same words on screen is a complicated transaction. A study by the University of Nottingham, in England, looked closely at just this process — what our eyes are doing when we are listening and reading simultaneously — and its implications for K-12 education seemed significant."
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The difficult path to implementing language access for ELL students
EdCentral (commentary)
On July 1, I had my first direct experience with the legislative workings of Washington, D.C.'s local government when I attended a public hearing on the Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015. Growing up in Miami, a city where speaking Spanish can seem to get you further than speaking English, I was curious to hear more about the relationship between language, policy and education in the District. I naively arrived to the hearing excited at being able to witness D.C. politics in action, but as I listened to witness after witness share stories of humiliation, discrimination, and violations of their basic human rights, my optimism evaporated. Instead, I was indignant that so many people had been denied access to basic services simply because they did not speak English.
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