Chamber hopes teaching workers English pays off

December 8, 2008

SANTA ROSA, CA–You don’t want Roberto Delgaldo in your class — he messes up the curve in a big way. The employee of the Filtration Group tripled his English comprehension score in after-work English classes, and on Wednesday, received a diploma for finishing his first semester full story
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Falling Currencies Worldwide Impact International Students

November 24, 2008

BERKELeY, CA–Since the financial crisis began in September, currencies around the world have plummeted in relation to the American dollar, driving up costs for UC Berkeley international students whose funds are worth much less than they were full story
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Fiscal woes impact admissions

November 20, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA–In order to ease the impact of recent and anticipated budget cuts, the Chancellor’s Enrollment Advisory Committee is looking closely at a variety of options dealing with admissions, including declining the rate of transfer students full story
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Local Nonprofit Halts Job Assistance Programs

November 13, 2008

BERKELEY, CA–With a lack of funding and declines in state spending for welfare programs, a local nonprofit that serves the low-income and unemployed is temporarily halting its job assistance programs. Asians For Job Opportunities in the Bay Area, which has served the community since 1974, recently shut down its bilingual social services and job placement services, full story
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Proposition 227: 10 years later

November 11, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA–Ten years after California voters approved sweeping changes in the way schools teach English to immigrant children under Proposition 227, some educators say the law has not worked and needs to be changed. But supporters say the law has improved student test scores and should stay in place. Prop. 227, sponsored by full story
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Dual-language programs popular at county schools

October 29, 2008

VENTURA, CA–Jackson Walthall spends his school day split between two teachers, two classrooms and two languages. In one, the second-grader at Bard School in Port Hueneme hears, reads and speaks only in English. When he moves to the other room, everything is in Spanish, from his teacher’s instruction to the posters hanging on the walls. full story
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Instructional materials on public display

October 27, 2008

EUREKA, CA–The public is invited to preview and submit comments on kindergarten through eighth grade Reading/Language Arts and English Language Development textbooks and instructional materials. The materials are currently on display at the Learning Resource Display Center located in the Louis D. Bucher Resource Center at the Humboldt County Office of Education full story

Pearson To Manage ELL Teacher Certification in California

October 21, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA–The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has awarded a two-year contract to Pearson to manage certification testing (CTEL) for ELL teachers. Pearson already manages three other certification tests that are part of teacher credentialing in California: the CBEST, CSET, and RICA. “In California, more than 25 percent of our K-12 students are English Language full story

California Awards Pearson Two-Year Contract to Manage Certification Testing for Teachers of English Language Learners

October 15, 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA–Pearson announced today that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has awarded the company a two-year contract to manage its certification testing for teachers of English Language Learners, the California Teachers of English Learners(R) (CTEL(R)) exams. In 2007, Pearson was granted a three-year contract to continue managing the full story

Growing number of English learners in county threatens pass-rate progress

October 15, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA–Local schools are enrolling a growing number of students who don’t speak English – students who typically fare poorly on standardized tests – at a time when the federal No Child Left Behind Act calls for unprecedented test score gains. Nearly 123,000 students in San Diego County public schools are classified as English learners, up from nearly 116,000 two years ago. full story