As minority communities weigh which presidential candidate would best represent them on key issues, some Native Americans are focused on whether the next president will continue to fund tribal schools that form the bedrock of their education. Rhonda LeValdo reports from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. on how federal funding impacts the presidential race for many students on campus.
Move over reading, writing and 'rithmetic — the three R's of education have gone green. These days, "Recycle, reduce, and reuse" is the new mantra in schools as educators, politicians, and parents push for increased environmental education and ecological awareness in California classrooms, including those of English language learners.
A new government report in England reveals that, nationwide, one in eight pupils speaks English as a second language. In some areas more than 70 per cent of pupils arriving at the school gates do not speak English as their mother tongue. The figures give the sharpest snapshot yet of the scale of the challenge facing schools around the country.
Florida is still in the dark when it comes to school funding, according to Gloria Estefan, who Monday announced her first South Florida concert in four years — a partial fundraiser for education groups from Miami-Dade to Indian River counties. Amid the hubbub of a show-biz news conference set in a hotel casino, Estefan spoke passionately about her support for public education. State promises have been broken for years, including when voters were told the Florida Lottery would help save the education system, Estefan said. "It was a travesty," she said.
Texas officials say that they are likely to appeal a federal court order telling the state it must, by the 2009-10 school year, revamp programs for English-language learners in grades 7-12 and improve monitoring of programs for ELLs in all grades. But the July 25 order in the long-running case of <em>U.S. v. Texas</em> has drawn praise from ELL advocates, who hope it will spur improvement of the quality of education for English-language learners in middle and high schools across the nation.
Arizona public schools have struggled with how to pay for a new state program teaching immigrant students English, especially since districts requested around $300 million but received only $40 million. At Arizona's largest district, with 73,000 students, Mesa Public Schools administrators received $1.8 million in state money for the new English-learner program, but they expect to spend about $7 million. It meant digging to find another $5.2 million out of a slim budget, which already had to be cut by $13 million. More than 100 district positions were left unfilled, including associate superintendent and school librarians.
Many migrant families are looking to Northwest Indiana and other parts of the state for a place to settle in the United States. Nationally, Indiana ranks third for drawing migrant and limited-English students, said Lauren Harvey, an assistant director at the Indiana Department of Education's Office of English Language Learning & Migrant Education
Colorado's Avon Elementary is trying something new this year — about a month of extra school for students falling behind in reading. Walk into a classroom, and you'll find a group of five kids huddled around a teacher with books in their hands, reading together and asking each other questions.
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing found nearly six-and-a-half percent of all California teachers were assigned to a class they were not qualified to teach. The majority of these assignments were in classrooms where English was a second language, affecting Latino students the most.
Just outside the China Pearl restaurant in Chinatown, where roasted ducks dangled and pictures of bubble tea hung in the windows, Raymond Chow, 18, sat at a card table with a sign taped on it that read "Voter Registration Drive." The words repeated seven times in various scripts and languages — including Chinese. The City Council has supported a proposed law that would require that ballots be translated into Chinese and Vietnamese in all elections in the city, including state and federal elections, but the measure still requires legislative approval.