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¡Hola estudiantes!:Teachers in Morgan schools program learning Spanish

On his first day of school, an eighth grade student looked lost in the halls of West Morgan Elementary — because he should have been at West Morgan Middle. Third grade teacher Susette Hall quickly realized the student spoke little English. She introduced herself using Spanish she had learned in an after-school class for Morgan County Schools teachers. The 120-hour class, "Conversational Spanish and Culture for K-8 Teachers," has transformed relationships between students, teachers and parents in Morgan County Schools.

Bilingual welcome signage greets Hammond school visitors

A sign may not seem like much. But for a child entering a school for the first time from a different country, a different culture, that sign might mean the world. Irving Elementary and the School City of Hammond on Thursday unveiled signs reflecting the school's Dual Language Immersion Program. In addition to the large unveiled letters outside, 200 signs inside Irving are now in English, Spanish, and Braille.

University of California’s undocumented students push for right to campus jobs

Following months of urging by undocumented students, the University of California next week will consider a proposal to allow the hiring of those students for jobs across the 10-campus university system. If the UC board of regents takes that step, UC would become the first known institution to argue that a federal statute’s ban on the hiring of undocumented persons does not apply to states. The issue could result in a court challenge, experts said.

‘A quiet problem’: Many NYC schools lack librarians

After New York City’s public libraries last week averted deep cuts that would have significantly reduced hours, some parents and educators are raising alarm about the state of libraries in the city’s public schools. The nation’s largest school system, with 1,600 schools, has roughly 260 certified school librarians, education department officials said.