Bill Sizemore jailed for contempt of court

December 4, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Veteran ballot initiative activist Bill Sizemore was handcuffed and jailed Monday after a Multnomah County judge found him in contempt of court for a fourth time in his long-running legal battle with two Oregon teachers unions. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Janice R. Wilson ordered Sizemore jailed until he signed and filed federal and state tax forms that full story
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Teachers will mind language

December 2, 2008

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA–The Territory Government is facing a revolt from remote teachers who vow to continue teaching in Aboriginal languages, despite an order to teach in English. Award-winning teacher Yalmay Yunupingu said yesterday she would refuse Departmental orders not to teach in her own language of Yolngu Matha. The Territory Government says from full story complete coverage
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It’s No Secret: Progress Prized In Brownsville

December 2, 2008

BROWNSVILLE, TX–Here at Cromack Elementary School, near the border of the United States and Mexico, many children in the early grades are taught in Spanish. By 4th grade, those students have made the smooth transition to classes where practically all full story
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English is the second language at some schools

December 2, 2008

SOUTHEND, UNITED KINGDOM–More than a third of pupils at some Southend primary schools do not speak English as their first language, a new report has revealed. The study by Southend Council showed 39 per cent of pupils at Porters Grange Primary School are learning English as an additional language. Visitors to the school, which has 450 pupils, will hear 34 different full story
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ELL challenges not insurmountable

December 1, 2008

NASHVILLE, TN–Davidson County is home to more than a quarter of all Tennessee’s English language learners — a situation that poses challenges to Metro Schools in terms of funding. School district leaders say there are questions as to whether the state’s funding formula for ELL students provides appropriate compensation for the resource-intense process of helping kids learn English. full story
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Increasing Hispanic population affects schools

December 1, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC–A striking surge in Hispanic students at one Charleston County elementary school has changed the way its educators do business. The school communicates with its Hispanic parents in their native tongue, and teachers work hard to overcome students and their families’ language barrier. Hispanic students make up nearly half of the roughly 750 students full story
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At Zephyrhills High, lunch break a world away

November 26, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG, FL–Diversity is something to be celebrated. Just ask Jeffra Flaitz and Danielle Zinna, two teachers at Zephyrhills High School. Not too long ago, the two took a good look at their student population and decided it was time to mix things up a bit. “We have 35 different nationalities represented here,” said Flaitz, who is an ESOL full story
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Schools to get ‘Immigrant Children’ grant from state

November 25, 2008

BETHEL, CT–Families of the six children in an English as a Second Language class at Berry School came to Bethel from Ecuador, Albania and China. “We’re working on vowels, short ‘a’ and short ‘i’,” ESL tutor Joanne Matteo told the children last week. About 10 percent of Bethel students come from families that do not speak English. Spanish or Portuguese is spoken in most full story
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What the Feds Said About ‘Supplement Not Supplant’ for Title III

November 25, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–I hope you’ve had a chance to read my reports on this blog of what officials from the U.S. Department of Education have been saying about the “supplement-not-supplant” provision of Title III, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act that authorizes funds for English-language-acquisition programs. The provision says that money from Title III full story
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ESL students speak in future tense

November 25, 2008

YAKIMA, WA–Juli Salatino’s third-period class is a bit different from her others. Her portable classroom at Davis High School, generally filled with teenagers learning Spanish, is instead occupied by a variety of students working through English verbs and sentence structure. This is her English as a Second Language, or ESL, class. And, for these non-native English-speakers full story
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