Columbia Public Schools sees increase in number of English-language learners

November 24, 2008

COLUMBIA, MO–When English Language Learner teacher Sarah Pedrazas started teaching at Field Elementary School three years ago, she had 30 students in her class. Now she has 52. The rise mirrors a district-wide increase in Columbia Public Schools. full story
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St. Louis University is turning to fee-based agents to recruit international students

November 13, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–When Yuting Wang first walked into an agent’s office in Chongqing, a bustling city in central China, she had never heard of St. Louis University. But she knew she wanted to go to college in the United States. Like many young people in Asia, she turned to an agency to help her navigate the U.S. college admissions system. She paid the agent about $7,000 and, in return, full story
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Monett Program Helps Kids Practice English Skills

November 10, 2008

MONETT, MO–An Ozarks program teaching students how to read and write the English language is also helping young people learn about new customs and traditions as they settle into their new home. Group projects are what’s helping students like Jesus Rodriguez, 10, better understand his school work. “At home I talk Spanish.  The teachers help us to read,” said Rodriguez. full story
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Amendment Seeks to Make English Official Language of Missouri

November 3, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–There’s a vote you can cast on this year’s ballot that won’t raise your taxes, or put someone in office, but it definitely has people choosing sides. Constitutional Amendment Number One, has voters choosing to make English the official language of the Show Me State. In this classroom two languages are spoken, English and Spanish. It’s what many are full story
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Should it be English only?

October 21, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–Missouri has a scant number of foreign-born residents. Folks who grew up here tend to stay here. And bilingual households are few and far between. Still, there is a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot next month that would make English the official language at all public meetings. The amendment would replace a 10-year-old state law listing English full story

Missouri Ballot Issues: Amendment One

October 15, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO–English has been the “common” language of Missouri since 1998, come November 5th it could become the show me state’s “official” language. Constitutional Amendment One would change Article One of the State Constitution to make English be the only language allowed during all government meetings. full story

Teacher Helps Latino Children Learn English

October 14, 2008

AURORA, MO–It’s a challenge many Spanish-speaking students face inside the classroom, but a local educator is making lesson plans easier to understand, one word at a time. Elvira Escalera is helping many area students learn English. Escalera works as a translator for the aurora school district, a position she has held for ten years. “I have no children so I feel like they are my children full story

SPS Sees Increase in Non-English Speaking Students

October 10, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, MO–Enrollment at Springfield Public Schools is up, and so is the number of students in the district who speak languages other than English. This year the district has more than 400 English language learners. That’s a jump of 120 students from just last year, so the district says another set of hands would help. full story

Education in Spotlight on Statewide Ballots

October 7, 2008

EDUCATION WEEK–Education issues are poised to break through the din of presidential politics and economic anxiety in more than a dozen states next month, as voters confront ballot questions and constitutional amendments involving K-12 policy and school finance. full story