Untapped Talents of Educated Immigrants

October 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–One in five college-educated immigrants in the United States is unemployed or working in an unskilled job such as a dishwasher, fast-food restaurant cashier or security guard, depriving the U.S. economy of the full potential of more than 1.3 million foreign-born workers, according to a study released yesterday. full story

GW Wins $10 Million Contract for Language Clearinghouse

October 23, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–A $10 million, five-year contract has been awarded to George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, GW has announced. The funds support the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), which full story

Education Officials Back Down on Some Proposed ELL Mandates

October 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–Bowing to complaints from state officials and advocates for English-language learners, the federal government has published a final—and more flexible—“interpretation” of how states should carry out the section of the No Child Left Behind Act that applies to such students. In particular, the Department of Education backed off on what critics saw as overly rigid full story

National Academy of Sciences to Study How to Improve Distribution of Education Department Title III English Language Acquisition Funds

October 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC–The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded a $754,415 contract to the National Academy of Sciences to study how best to distribute Title III English Language Acquisition state grant funds. The award follows a 2006 recommendation by the Government Accountability Office that the Education Department examine full story