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For English-Learners to Excel, More Collaboration Needed, Researcher Argues

The Every Student Succeeds Act aims to close opportunity gaps for English-language learners—but reaching that goal will require more collaboration between educators, scholars, and policymakers, a leading English-language-learner researcher argues. The groups must work together to ensure that English-proficiency standards are used in classrooms in a "conceptually sound and practically feasible manner," argues Okhee Lee, an education professor at New York University and a well-known expert on English-learners and science, in a new policy paper published in Educational Researcher.

13-Year-Old Boy Dies After Alleged Bullying Attack at Moreno Valley School

A 13-year-old boy whose head struck a concrete pillar after he was punched by another boy at a Moreno Valley middle school has died from his injuries. The boy, identified only as Diego, was pronounced clinically dead Tuesday night as a result of the injuries he sustained in a Sept. 16 attack, according to a Facebook post from the Moreno Valley Sheriff's Station.

Recommended: INDIAN NO MORE by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell

Debbie Reese writes, "Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell, cover art by Marlena Myles, is due out in September of 2019 from Tu Books. Written with middle-grade readers in mind, I highly recommend it for them, but for teens and adults, too." She also shares a review of the book by Ashleigh, a 13-year-old Native reader of the book.

How Teachers Can Address Politics at School 'When the World Is on Fire'

How can teachers help their students navigate today's fraught political climate? That's a central question in Teaching When the World Is on Fire, a collection of essays from teachers, principals, and other educators, edited by Lisa Delpit. Delpit, an acclaimed education researcher and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, is best known for her writing on how schools perpetuate racial inequalities. In Teaching When the World Is on Fire, she turns her attention to what she calls the "growing division, incivility, hate, and violence" in today's world.

Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal fight plays out in the courts. The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned order, said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from migrants who have traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum in that country.

Bahamas Hurricane Survivors, Desperate for Respite, Seek Passage to U.S.

Destitute survivors of Hurricane Dorian who lost much of what they had to the powerful storm packed a government office in the Bahamas on Monday, desperate for a document that could be their ticket off the overwhelmed islands: a clean criminal record. But the rush to fill flights and ferries with storm survivors has raised questions about what immigration rules apply for Bahamians seeking refuge in the United States.

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