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Graduation rates for R.I.'s English-language learners fall for third straight year

The percentage of English-language learners who graduated from Rhode Island's public high schools on time fell to 71.7 percent for the class of 2018, the third straight year that the state's fastest-growing student population has seen a decline in its graduation rate, the state announced Friday. The downward trend in outcomes for English learners — their graduation rate was 77 percent in 2015 — comes as policymakers continue to craft a long-term plan to improve performance metrics in Rhode Island schools.

How Communities Affected by Measles Work to Contain Outbreaks

The measles outbreak continues to spread in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 695 cases. That's the highest number since 2000, when measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. There are now cases in 22 states, but the largest outbreaks have been in New York's ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Now a story of how measles spread from there to another community hundreds of miles away, and how local health officials are partnering with that community to address it.

Mexican folk dance comes to North Coast

The teenage dancers twisted and twirled across sheets of plywood in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Astoria on Wednesday, waving their skirts and stamping their nailhead-packed Spanish dancing shoes in a Mexican polka. On May 3 at the Liberty Theatre, the Mi Cultura Folkloric Dance Group will perform several traditional Mexican dances as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Response: Focusing on the Assets of Native American Students

The new question-of-the-week is: "What are the biggest challenges facing Native American students and how can they be addressed?" Today's responses are written by Timothy San Pedro, Alayna Eagle Shield, and Amanda Holmes.

"Language Is Wealth": Children Learn Better in Their Own Language, Linguistics Professor Says

Immigrants bring a wealth of languages to the United States, and when teachers value those languages, children learn better – and everybody benefits, an MIT linguistics professor said at the College of Education's spring symposium. "Now there's clear recognition that students are better off when they can maintain or learn a second language," said Prof. Michel DeGraff. "Language is wealth. We need to find ways to nurture that."

Baltimore schools' proposed budget reflects growth in immigrant population

As more immigrant families move into Baltimore, the public school system plans to pump additional money into programs that help children learn English. "Baltimore is experiencing growth in its immigrant population, and the number of City Schools students who speak a language other than English at home is also increasing," budget documents read. The annual growth of the ELL population has ranged recently from 8% to 15%.

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