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White House Immigration Demands Could Pose Dilemma for Educators, Advocates

As the White House digs in on its immigration legislation, school leaders and immigration advocates across the country face a dilemma in their fight to protect hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. Trump said the list of proposals must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, and whose deportations were deferred by the Obama administration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. But agreeing to any plan that would prioritize the removal of unaccompanied minors — many of whom have come to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in recent years — would create a conundrum for educators and immigration advocates: in order to save DACA recipients, they would have to place another group that has taken refuge in U.S. schools in peril.

Journalist Known for Reporting on School Segregation Is Among MacArthur Fellows

Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist known for her deep dives exploring race and the resegregation of the nation's public schools, has been named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, the so-called genius grants awarded in an anonymous process. Ms. Hannah-Jones' work is informed not only by her own experiences as a child participating in a voluntary desegregation program in Iowa that her parents wanted to try but as a mother navigating New York City's public school system and the attitudes of other parents in her community.

Puerto Rican Students Head to the Mainland for School

It's not exactly how Deilanis Santana planned to spend her 13th birthday: waking up before dawn, packing up her life — and heading to Connecticut to live with her grandma. But here she is at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, three weeks after Hurricane Maria, waiting anxiously like many other Puerto Ricans for flights to destinations like Miami, Philadelphia, and other cities. The gates are crowded with children — Deilanis among them — leaving their homes, and sometimes their families, to live in the U.S. mainland and go to school.

English Language Learners: A National Demographic and Policy Profile

English Language Learners, also referred to as dual Language Learners (DLLs) — those under age 8 with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home — make up 32 percent of the U.S. young child population and a growing share of children in most states. While these young learners stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC), they are less likely than their peers to be enrolled in such programs—potentially contributing to lags in kindergarten readiness and later academic achievement.

Response: We Need to Create 'Joyful Moments' in Reading Instruction

Reading instruction, especially if you're in a state with the Common Core Standards, is the responsibility of all teachers these days.  However, there are probably more ways to teach reading that you can "shake a stick at." And, with all the often competing research recommendations, it can be unclear to teachers which ones they should use in the classroom. This four-part series will specifically examine the biggest mistakes many teachers make when it comes to reading instruction.

Puerto Rico Teachers' Union Adds Muscle to School Recovery Efforts

When Hurricane Maria struck, Aida Díaz hid in her bathroom with four other family members, including her mother and sister. When she emerged, water had come into her home through the roof. After she tended to more immediate concerns in her home, Díaz, the head of the 40,000-member Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, had thousands of members of her teacher’s union to think about.

The Monumental Task of Reopening Puerto Rico's Schools

The schools in Puerto Rico are facing massive challenges. All the public schools are without electricity, and more than half don't have water. More than 100 are still functioning as shelters. But Puerto Rico's Secretary of Education, Julia Keleher, tells us that the schools that are open are serving as connection points for communities. They've become a place where children and their families can eat a hot meal and get some emotional support, too.