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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): $14.4 billion allocated for 2015 to teach English to illegals

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is on the way to the President’s desk for his signature, includes important policies that recognize the needs and diversity of English Learners (ELs) in an effort to close the ongoing achievement gap between them and other students. The bill, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also crucially maintains accountability for how ELs are achieving—a hallmark of the last reauthorization, known as the No Child Left Behind Act.

According to a recent report by the Migration Policy Institute. The report stated that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides assistance to schools with large native and foreign-born low-income populations with more than $14.4 billion allocated for the purposes in 2015. That money, the report states, is provided for the education of 2.1 million children, with the unaccompanied children making up about 0.2 percent.

Published 02JAN16
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North Dakota school program restructured for English language learners

Legacy High School students no longer fill the halls of Hughes Educational Center, but that doesn’t mean the facility is empty.

Hughes, which contains classroom space next to Bismarck Public Schools’ administration offices, now houses a new English language learner program for the district’s youngest students.

Thirteen youngsters speaking at least three native languages started the school year there Thursday. They’re split between two classrooms — one for kindergarteners and first-graders and another for kids in grades 2-5.

Published 27AUG15
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50% of New York students don’t speak English at home

New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home.

This makes life difficult for the city’s Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English. It is not an easy task.

Published 29JUN15
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Cameron to roll out “deport first, appeal later” policy on illegal immigrants

Foreign nationals in UK, including many from India may soon face deportation first before being able to appeal against it. David Cameron announced on Tuesday while releasing the Conservative Party’s election manifesto ahead of the May 7 general election that if he returns for a second innings as Britain’s prime minster, he will roll out a “deport first, appeal later” policy on illegal immigrants more aggressively.

He also announced that he will introduce a satellite tracking for every foreign national offender subject to an outstanding deportation order or deportation proceedings. He will also make it mandatory for all landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants.

Cameron also announced that being able to speak English fluently will become mandatory for those seeking a visa extension. “Being able to speak English is a fundamental part of integrating into our society. We have introduced tough new language tests for migrants and ensured councils reduce spending on translation services.

Published 14APR15
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Feds giving Puerto Ricans disability benefits because they speak Spanish

The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.

According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.

Published 07APR15
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A Ballplayer Illuminates Immigration

We are living in a time of record-shattering immigration, both legal and illegal. This concerns many Americans for several reasons. Contemporary immigration is overwhelmingly unskilled and semi-skilled, which means that incomes of working class Americans, especially African-Americans, have been and will continue to be depressed. Worst of all, perhaps, is the fact that we have lost the will to integrate immigrants into American society.

Which brings us to Kennys Vargas. You probably haven’t heard of Vargas, as the Minnesota Twins have been lousy for a few years. But Vargas was a rookie with the Twins last year. He is a big guy–6′ 5″ and 275 pounds, if you believe the program. More if you don’t. Vargas is from Puerto Rico, and he can hit the ball a long, long way. Is his insistence on learning English the result of some kind of xenophobia on the part of Twins fans? Of course not. I don’t know whether Kennys Vargas is technically an immigrant. He may return to his native Puerto Rico when his career is over. But his intelligent approach to assimilation into a new culture isn’t new; it harkens back to the immigrant experience of centuries past. What worked then, works now.

Published 01APR15
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For small-town America, new immigrants pose linguistic, cultural challenges

For two decades, rural communities across the Midwest have been finding ways to absorb Latino immigrants. Now, a new generation of immigrants arriving from far-flung places such as Myanmar, Somalia, Iraq, and West Africa has brought a bewildering variety of cultures and languages. Many towns are struggling to cope.

Experts say the changing face of immigration in the rural Midwest reflects stricter federal enforcement. Tighter border security has slowed the influx of immigrants from Latin America entering the United States illegally.

Published 14MAR15
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Half of Millennials in Los Angeles Speak Other Language than English at Home

The U.S. Census Bureau says more than half the adults in the Los Angeles area between 18 and 34 years old speak a language other than English at home – compared to 25 percent nationwide. While the number of bilingual speakers has increased when compared to the 1990s, the number of foreign-born millennials in L.A. has decreased. Many immigrant parents are passing their native language on to their American-born children, says University of California Los Angeles professor Raul Hinojosa.

Published 11MAR15
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82 languages spoken at New Hampshire High School

While many immigrants enter the U.S. with dreams for a brighter future, city officials say it’s their aim to help with services needed by new arrivals to achieve their goals.”I think at last check we had something like 82 languages represented at Central High School,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. “I asked a few years ago for a waiver from the federal government to exempt immigrant and refugee children from testing. I’m still waiting on that.

Published 08MAR15
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