Category Archives: English Language Learners

Administration Forcing Detained Children to Attend Online, For-Profit Charter School?

Is the US forcing detained migrant and refugee children to choose an online, for-profit charter school in Texas? The stories of refugee and migrant children torn from their parents and sent to detention centers is one of the most heinous violations of human rights that United States has experienced in recent times. Sadly, it’s a continuation of discriminatory policies and

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Is DeVos Planning Assault On Latino Student Services?

Dr. Rose Castro Feinberg (FIU) and Dr. Deb Palmer (University of Colorado) recently contacted me and expressed concerned that Betsy DeVos’s team is mulling a significant assault on the organization of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the main K-12 arm of the U.S. Department of Education. EdWeek writes (Although, I must say, I am NOT a fan

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Has community-based accountability been impactful for English Learners?

What is community-based accountability? In 2012, I first conceptualized community-based accountability in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Over the past several years, California has undertaken this new approach for its more than 4 million students (See all posts on community-based accountability). Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since inception. In 2013,

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Federal regulations threaten Civil Rights of Latinos

Do the U. S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently proposed regulations threaten the civil rights of English Learner (EL) students? The new regulation (34 C.F.R. §299.19 (c) (3)) would eliminate the use of state content assessment results and other evidence of actual classroom performance in English Learner (EL) program exit decisions, violate the rights of thousands of Hispanic, Chinese, Haitian,

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School Choice: Students vs. Education Reformers

“Julian you are precocious” were the words that I heard that morning from Mrs. Wutke, one of my instructors in high school. That comment sent me scurrying for the dictionary. Nowadays, you turn to dictionary.com— which tells me that I was “flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.” Sadly, Mrs. Wutke was killed in a tragic car accident a few years

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