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Reframing Refugee Children's Stories with Malala's New Book

In this review of Malala Yousafzai's new book, We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, professor and author Fernanda Santos writes, "It is a stirring and timely book that strips the political baggage from the words 'migrant' and 'refugee,' telling the deeply personal stories of displacement and disruption that were lived by Yousafzai and nine other girls. Each of the girls we meet in these pages was pushed out of her homeland by violence. In the girls' own words, we hear about escape, resettlement and the conflicting emotions that come with fitting into a new place when so much is defined by where they came from. The accounts are intimate, and strike me as honest. At times, it felt as if the narrator were sharing her story with a trusted new friend."

Yemeni Student Who Fled Civil War Excels in Computer Programming While Learning English

Amal Qasem pulls up a mathematics app on her phone that she programmed then displays the computer coding that went into its creation – a sequence of data that resembles a line of colorful puzzle pieces linked together. Amal finished making her app – which earned a perfect score in her computer science elective class at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma – days before her peers. Amal was at the top of her class in Yemen before fleeing civil war in her home country and coming to Selma in December 2017. She’s continuing to excel in the U.S. with help from teacher Efraín Tovar, who teaches her Newcomers and computer science class.

$60 Million Boost In Del. Education Funds Sought For English Learners, Low-Income Students

Poor students and those learning English in Delaware would get about $60 million in new educational resources over the next three years under a plan proposed Tuesday by Gov. John Carney. Carney said he proposed the measure, in large part, because Delaware is one of only a handful of states that doesn't target additional resources for kids who are poor and learning English. The American Civil Liberties Union is currently suing the state over its 80-year-old school funding formula, arguing that it deprives many children of their constitutional right to an adequate education.

Advocates, Senate Education Committee Support ELL Instruction Flexibility in Arizona

Education advocates spoke this week in support of Arizona Senate Bill 1014, which provides schools flexibility in instruction for English Language Learners, and the Senate Education Committee approved the bill with amendments. SB 1014 would provide schools more flexibility in how they deliver instruction to English Language Learner (ELL) students and that would help more ELL students graduate high school on time. The ELL student graduation rate in Arizona is currently about 20 percent – the lowest for these students in the entire nation.

How the Shutdown Is Starting to Impact Schools

More than three weeks into what's now the longest federal government shutdown in history, school district officials are making plans to cope with the impacts on students, families, and their own operations should it drag on.

Poughkeepsie Couple Has Helped Students Attend College for Decades

Eddie Ramirez says he and his wife Norma have 142 kids. The U.S. Army veteran and retired City of Poughkeepsie teacher have 36-year-old and 39-year-old biological sons. The rest are students they've supported over 20 years throughout the Hudson Valley.  "We would pick up the newspaper and see the high school honor rolls throughout the Hudson Valley area and I would count the amount of Hispanic names in these honor rolls," Ramirez said. "I was astonished that there weren't many listed." It was then that the two decided they would create what ultimately became the Hudson Valley Latino Scholarship program.

How a Prolonged Shutdown Could Threaten Child-Care Aid for the Needy

The partial federal government shutdown has now stretched into its 24th day, and is the longest in history. And if negotiations between President Donald Trump and Congress over a potential border wall continue to falter, states could find themselves in a tight spot when it comes to funding one of the most important programs for poor children—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF—as well as other federal child-care benefits.