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Virginia School District Plugs Gap With Summer Reading

Early afternoon is a quiet time in Ervin Salazar's house in Fairfax, VA, when the 11-year-old likes to relax on the couch with a book. Then he writes a postcard to his teacher, describing his favorite scenes. In reply, his teacher sends more books. Ervin is part of a summer school program, but he doesn't catch a bus or fill out worksheets or prepare for tests. He just reads.

Latinos Say They Have Numbers but No Voice in Texas District

With Texas' North Forest School District facing possible closure, advocates worry that the Hispanic parents — many of whom are immigrants with limited English skills — do not have a voice, though some hope the serious situation inspires political activism.

Tribes Use Camps to Speak on Preserving Language

Several dozen children stand atop a bluff in Hualapai Mountain Park to face the morning sun as it peeks over a distant ridge. "Nyims thava hmado we'e," they chant in the Pai language, meaning "Boys greet the morning sun." And then for girls: "Nyima thava masi:yo we'e." In an America dominated by computers, TV, and video games, a decreasing number of Native Americans, especially younger ones, can speak or understand their native tongues.

U.S. Army Hopes to Keep Native Arabic Speakers

The Army may begin paying a retention bonus of as much as $150,000 to Arabic speaking soldiers in reflection of how critical it has become for the US military to retain native language and cultural know-how in its ranks. Now, as the military makes a fundamental shift toward rewarding the linguistic expertise it needs the most, it is expanding a program to train and retain native Arabic and other speakers from the same regions in which it is fighting.

An Education in Pure Silliness

Ellie Herman, a television writer and new intern teacher at a charter school in South Los Angeles, writes about her recent decision to become a teacher: "I braced myself to keep going even if there were times of struggle, of heartbreak, of feeling inadequate and humiliated, even if there were times when I wanted to weep from frustration. And indeed, I have experienced all that. But what's crazy is that I haven't even set foot in a classroom yet."

Young Team Celebrates Swimming Success

One of San Francisco's most troubled neighborhoods is celebrating the success of a children's swim team. The team hasn't set any speed records yet, but they are breaking racial barriers.

Latino Surge: Census a Snapshot of Utah's Future?

Latinos have led Utah's robust population growth since 2000, surging faster than other residents in 28 of 29 counties, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. In some counties the shift is explosive, and in other cases, the diversification is more steady. The demographics report shows a blending of cultures and colors statewide — a trend experts and advocates say is starting a political shift that will crescendo in a generation

In the Under-5 Set, Minority Becoming the Majority

A surge in Hispanic immigration over the past decade has dramatically altered the racial and ethnic composition of the Washington D.C. region's youngest residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released today. The implications for governments, schools, and communities are wide-ranging, demographers said.

Review of Seattle Schools Recommends Overhaul for ELL Instruction

Seattle Public Schools' program for students learning English is among the weakest in the nation — "highly fragmented, weakly defined, poorly monitored, and producing very unsatisfactory academic results," according to an outside review released Wednesday.

Immigrant Children Less Likely to Exercise

Immigrant children in the United States are less active and less likely to participate in sports than U.S.-born children, say federal government researchers. They also found that immigrant children were more likely to be inactive and less likely to participate in sports than U.S.-born children. However, immigrant children were less likely to watch three or more hours of television per day.