Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Kazakhstan Spells Out Script Swap

Astana, the modern capital of KazakhstanKazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev has announced a timeline to switch the country’s writing system over from the Cyrillic to the Latin script with full implementation occurring by 2025. According to the state-owned “Egemen Kazakhstan” newspaper, Nazarbayev has asked the government to start “preparatory work” and “create a schedule for the switch”…

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Senate Votes to Roll Back ESSA

Despite a passionate appeal by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senate has voted in favor of rolling back critical regulations of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) by a narrow margin of 50 to 49. This is the same bill that passed with the bipartisan support of 85 senators less than 18 months ago.“Today’s repeal…

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Shooting in the Dark

The administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget seeks to cut the Education Department’s $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13%, while increasing defense spending by $54 billion. The two programs that would suffer the most—their elimination resulting in $3.3 billion in savings—are Title II grants for Teacher and Principal Training and 21st Century Community Learning…

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Parallel Learning Lines

Languages Develop Simultaneously  But Independently in Young Bilinguals A new study of Spanish-English bilingual children by researchers at Florida Atlantic University published in the journal Developmental Science finds that when children learn two languages from birth each language proceeds on its own independent course, at a rate that reflects the quality of the children’s exposure to each…

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Prince Edward Island Fighting to Support French

One of eastern Canada’s maritime provinces off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), is fighting to protect French language schools for children. The island, which was originally a French province, has only 5,345 French speakers (4% of the population). The island is currently facing possible school closures involving English schools, which in…

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Helping Bilingual Researchers

Melanie Curl demonstrates how using youth-friendly databases helps increase literacy among English language learner In classrooms that include both English language learners (ELLs) and native English speakers, educators face the unique challenge of teaching these two groups at the same time. When teaching regular-paced lessons in English, educators can struggle with how to ensure their…

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Budget Cuts Fly in the Face of Education

While boosting defense spending by $54 billion, the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget seeks to cut the Education Department’s $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13% in the fiscal year starting October. Requested cuts to the State Department and USAID would amount to another $10.1 billion, 28% reduction from the 2017 level.Although spending…

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Age No Barrier to Bilingualism

A new study, titled “Late Bilinguals Are Sensitive to Unique Aspects of Second Language Processing: Evidence from Clitic Pronouns Word Order,” asks whether English speakers who become highly proficient at a late age in Spanish can understand grammatical constructions that are present in Spanish but not in English. The study hinges on the longstanding question…