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Parents lie on survey to identify English learners
The Associated Press via ABC News
Nieves Garcia came from Mexico at age 6 and spent most of her elementary school years in California classified as an "English learner" even after she had picked up the language. Now a 32-year-old mother, she didn't want her daughter labeled the same way and subjected to additional testing. And so she lied. When Garcia signed up her daughter for kindergarten, she answered a standard four-question survey by saying her family spoke only English at home, even though her husband doesn't speak the language.
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Faculty research: Schools struggle to adapt to English language learner needs
Penn State News
A College of Education faculty member presented a research report that explores the relationship between school-district infrastructure in new-immigrant destinations and the marginalization of English-language learners in those districts. Megan Hopkins, assistant professor of education, and her colleague, Rebecca Lowenhaupt of Boston College, reported that in many schools, the teaching of English as a second language and the teaching of academic subjects are separated and disconnected, which can cause ELLs to fall behind academically.
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Schools try shuffling schedules for success
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For years, schools have grappled with how to help the most struggling pupils catch up to their classmates. In many cases, holding them back to repeat a grade hasn't worked. Neither has social promotion — allowing children to move to the next grade with their classmates, where they may fall further behind. So what would it take to get a pupil the needed help without the stigma of repeating a grade? Two schools in the Pattonville School District in Missouri are shaking up schedules and class structures in an effort to find out.
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Education Department drops new NCLB waiver guidance
U.S. News & World Report
The Department of Education is letting states apply to renew their waivers from No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush's landmark education reform law, for three and in some cases four more years, but they'll have to do more to show they're turning around low-performing schools and closing student achievement gaps.
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English is second language for majority of kids at this school
New Zealand: National Standards discriminate against students who speak English as a second language and make it impossible for schools to be compared, the principal of an Auckland school says. More than 60 percent of students at Willowbank School, in the new relatively affluent eastern suburb of Dannemora, come to school with English as a second language. Some speak rudimentary English, while others do not have any English at all when they start at the 800-pupil school.
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English language learning students to get boost from $13 million plan from city schools boss Fariña, state education commissioner
New York Daily News
City and state education officials in New York are teaming up to try to better teach the city's English language learners, who lag far behind other students on a variety of academic measures. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and state Education Commissioner John King signed a memo to bring the agencies together on a three-year, $13 million plan. The agreement, which will be paid for out of the city budget, targets more than 145,000 students who are learning English for the first time in city classrooms.
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Record 900,000 international students in US: The top countries they hail from
The Christian Science Monitor
A record number of international students — nearly 900,000 — studied in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013-2014 school year, 8 percent more than the previous year. And while students from China continue to dominate, students are coming to the United States from an increasingly diverse set of countries. More U.S. students also chose to study abroad, though the share of U.S. students who study abroad for some portion of their undergraduate years is still less than 10 percent.
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Bilingual benefits: How learning another language keeps your mind sharp, no matter your age
Medical Daily
Speaking more than one language won't just help you snag a date, it might also make you smarter. According to a recent study from Northwestern University, speaking more than one language constantly exercises the brain and makes it more prepared to take on other brain-challenging tasks. Recent figures estimate that only about 18 percent of Americans can fluently speak two or more languages, but if you're in the overwhelming majority of those who don't know a second tongue, don't be discouraged. Picking up a second language isn't nearly as difficult as you might think.
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Can a teacher be too dedicated?
The Atlantic
James Cavanagh is 22-years-old, fresh out of the University of Delaware. With his degree in elementary education, he could have gotten a job anywhere — and he chose to teach at one of the most demanding public schools in America. His college buddies were hired at schools with mid-afternoon dismissals and two and a half months of summer vacation. For not much more pay, Cavanagh worked nearly all of August and this fall is putting in 12-hour days, plus attending graduate school.
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