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Jennifer Garner Urges Congress to Fund Early-Childhood Education: 'A brain in poverty is up against it. I'm telling you.'

Jennifer Garner, the actress and a member of the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Save the Children, which promotes children's rights, testified Thursday on Capitol Hill about the importance of early-childhood education for children who live in poverty. Appearing at a hearing of the House Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee, Garner explained in moving testimony how living in poverty affects the ability of young children to learn.

Somali Students Help Teachers Learn What It's Like to Be a Refugee

Over the last 15 years or so, thousands of refugees have flowed from Somalia into the small, historically white town of Lewiston, Maine. For many of the youngest refugees, the move has meant adjusting to a new school and a school climate that can make them feel rejected. Maine Public Radio's Robbie Feinberg reports on a group of students trying to change that by teaching their teachers about what it means to be a refugee.

Trump Seeks to Slash Education Department But Make Big Push for School Choice

The Trump administration is seeking to cut $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department's budget, a dramatic downsizing that would reduce or eliminate grants for teacher training, after-school programs and aid to ­low-income and first-generation college students.  Along with the cuts, among the steepest the agency has ever sustained, the administration is also proposing to shift $1.4 billion toward one of President Trump’s key priorities: Expanding charter schools, private-school vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public schools.

Will International Students Stay Away?

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. colleges are seeing declines in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report "a great deal of concern" from students and their families about visas and perceptions of a less welcoming climate in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in February by six higher education groups.

How Do Students Decide Whether to Discuss Their Immigration Status?

A new small-scale, ethnographic study published in the American Educational Research Journal explores when and how undocumented students decide to discuss their citizenship status. Elementary school-aged students are often acutely aware of their immigration status—and it affects how and when they participate in school activities, Rutgers University researcher Ariana Mangual Figueroa found in her exploration of how educators can best serve students who are undocumented or have parents who are.

Diversity Lags as NYC Students Are Matched With City Schools

It was decision day for many New York City children last week, as the Education Department told eighth graders where they had been accepted to high school, and incoming kindergartners where they would start school in the fall. Despite a push to increase the number of black and Latino students at the city's most competitive high schools, the specialized schools, the number of those students who were offered seats for the fall was essentially unchanged from last year, according to the department.

Amarillo College Launches New ESL Program Due to Growing Nursing Demand

Amarillo College is developing a way to help propel non-native English speakers through its 12-week certified nurse aide program and meet a growing demand in the area’s health care system. The college is establishing a new integrated English-as-a-second-language program, thanks to a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the state agency charged with providing training and services to Texas job seekers and employers.

Adolescents' Nighttime Social Media Use Linked to Poor Sleep

Most would say getting a good night's sleep is critical to success at school. But a new study argues that social media and the lack of proper bedtime routines are making it increasingly difficult for students to get the sleep they need to thrive and even function at all in the classroom.

Why Tech Isn't Freaking Out About DACA Like It Did About the Travel Ban

Last year, Robbie Santos enrolled in a coding bootcamp to become a web developer. He wanted to learn a skill that is in demand everywhere in the world. Santos is bracing for a future outside the U.S. because he, like many undocumented immigrants, is afraid President Donald Trump will deport him. Santos, 29, is one of the approximately 750,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who are currently covered by President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it is known, gives legal work permits to these individuals and keeps them safe from deportation. Now, proponents of DACA are looking to the tech industry for help. This is because Silicon Valley made a big show of its support for immigrants and opposition to Trump's travel ban. Just where the industry stands on DACA, however, remains unclear.

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