Oregon Suspends Use of Aprenda–a Spanish-Language Test

December 8, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–Oregon has become the latest state to stop using an alternative test for English-language learners because federal education officials have questioned its comparability with the state’s regular test. A number of states have already dropped alternative tests for English-language learners for the same reason. full story
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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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Worldwide financial crisis jeopardizes student loans

November 20, 2008

FOREST GROVE, OR–When Kelly Wild decided she wanted to be an eye doctor, she cast her gaze on Pacific University in Forest Grove. Things were going swimmingly for the 36-year-old optometry student from Regina, Saskatchewan until September, when full story
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Oregon Voters Rejected Measure Limiting Services to ELLs

November 5, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–As Campaign K-12 reports, Oregon voters have rejected Measure 58, a state ballot measure that would have put a cap of two years on the amount of time English-language learners could receive instruction in their native language. It seemed that it would have also put a cap of two years on English-as-a-second-language instruction  full story  complete coverage
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Ore. voters reject measure on bilingual education

November 5, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters have rejected a ballot measure proposing to limit how much time public school students can spend in English as a Second Language classes. The vote was failing by almost 10 points Tuesday night with 45 percent of ballots counted. If passed, the measure would have required non-English speaking students to learn English within two full story  complete coverage
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Voters don’t limit teaching students new to English

November 5, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters rejected Measure 58, which would have strictly limit teaching students new to English in their native language. Supporters said the measure, which would have limited teaching English learners in their native language to one year in elementary school or two years in high school, would spur schools to work harder to teach students to read and full story  complete coverage
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English immersion — a dismal failure

November 3, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–As specialists in the field of English language learning, we were appalled to read Rosalie Pedalino Porter’s opinion piece on Measure 58. Porter’s guest opinion contains numerous false claims about the experience of states that have passes measures similar to Measure 58. Porter is wrong about the research on language learning and she is wrong about Measure full story
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