The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved a budget that will trim nearly $1.6 billion over the next three years. More than 2,000 teachers will be laid off, as well as thousands of other school employees.
Nearly 40,000 Arizona students will advance out of English-language learning programs and into regular classes this coming school year, more than double the number of students who made the move just two years ago, the Arizona Department of Education recently reported.
The city's near West Side is a school system within a school system. It's dominated by a Hispanic community whose presence is growing almost by default as Cleveland's population shrinks. The most recent figures for a cluster of seven West Side schools show that Latinos account for 45 percent to 78 percent of the enrollment in each building. Leaders of the Hispanic Roundtable, a regional organization devoted to education and other concerns, say the numbers call out for special help from district Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders.
Meet Kyle Gosselin and Henry Ramirez. Kyle attends La Cañada High; Henry was at South L.A.'s Jefferson High before moving to Texas. Their backgrounds may be worlds apart, but their dreams are similar. In the 20 or so miles that separate Jefferson High School from La Cañada High, in the miles between inner city and suburb, there exists a social chasm so deep as to seem unbridgeable.
In her Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr writes "How U.S. schools are supporting Iraqi refugee children is one bright spot in a report released today by the International Rescue Committee called 'Iraqi Refugees in the United States: In Dire Straits.' The report is based on interviews with Iraqi refugees and people who support them in Atlanta and Phoenix."
A woman who could barely speak English a year ago recently stood before a room of peers to share how the success of conquering a second language seeped into other areas of her life. During school days, Raquel Perez, a permanent resident from Mexico, sat alongside her son Brian in his kindergarten classroom at Jones Elementary School. At night, she attended classes as part of the first year of the Springdale School District's Toyota Family Literacy program.
Megan Garcia is feeling pretty good these days. Her longtime wish to give English Language Learners in Salem and around the globe a venue to learn skills using a variety of technologies is well on its way to coming true. This summer, Garcia, the recipient of a Fulbright New Century Scholars Award, will head to the Galapagos, where she'll work to develop a model to determine the most effective way to address the educational needs of English Language Learners through an innovative pipeline to K-12 and adult education and lifelong learning.
In her Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr writes, "For the first time in three years, the graduation rate for English-language learners in New York state has not declined over the previous year. Graduation rates for the state released today show that 35.7 percent of ELLs who started school in New York state in 9th grade graduated after four years, up from 27.3 percent the previous year."
The recent dedication rally for a new school on Chicago's working-class Southwest Side drew a long list of political heavyweights, including the governor, the Illinois Senate's top Republican, and some of the mayor's highest-ranking Latino aides. The United Neighborhood Organization, the city's largest Latino community group, is poised to become the biggest charter school manager in Illinois after scoring a $98 million state grant to build eight more schools.
Several hundred people gathered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial this weekend to issue a national call for fathers to become more committed to their children, rallying through occasional downpours and bursts of lightning. Recent census figures show that more than 25 million children live in homes without fathers. Nearly three in 10 white children live without their fathers, compared with two of three black children and four of 10 Latino children, according to the figures.