School officials vow to improve bilingual services

November 14, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Ingrid Ocampo said her autistic son waited a year for services from the Philadelphia School District because she does not speak English and couldn’t understand the district’s forms and policies. Irma Zamora, another public school parent, expressed concern about signing permission slips printed in a language she can’t read. full story
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‘Our kids are lost’

November 14, 2008

ERIE, PA–Most Erie School District students who do not speak English are placed in traditional classrooms alongside their English-speaking peers for much of the school day. But now the leaders of several local social-service agencies are lobbying the district to change the practice of “mainstreaming,” claiming that it hurts struggling students who still need to full story
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ESL school excels in variety

November 13, 2008

HILLCREST, PA–When Shabina Kavimandan first entered Hillcrest School six years ago, she was immediately drawn to something near and dear to her heart: The Indian flag. “The first thing I saw was the flag of my country, and a huge map of all the kids from around the world,” said Kavimandan, an English-as-a-Second-Language coach at Hillcrest, 1045 Hilltop Drive. “At that full story
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U.S. jobs lose appeal for intl. students

October 27, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA–Many international students may be looking to return home after graduating from Penn in the next few years. Between the economic downturn and the limited availability of H-1B visas – which allow international students to work in the U.S. after graduation – U.S. job offers seem less attractive than they would in normal years. “For many international students, full story