Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Bill May Relax AZ English Immersion

2/19/19 UPDATE: Arizona’s House Education Committee has unanimously approved HCR 2026, which would give Arizona voters the opportunity to repeal the state’s English-only instruction law. Arizona’s Senate Education Committee has approved Senate Bill 1014, which would provide schools with more flexibility for English Learner (EL) instruction. Currently, ELs spend four hours of every school day…

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L.A. Strike Sets Tone for Funding, Charters

LA students support their teachers Weakening of districts and unions through increased ‘charterization’ was at the heart of the dispute Now that the teachers’ strike in the nation’s second largest school district (Los Angeles Unified-LAUSD) with the highest number (over 160,000) of English Language Learners (ELLs) has come to an end after six days, it…

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Indigenous Migrants Denied Linguistic Access

Newly released research by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMSNY) suggests that “the denial of medical attention to migrants in U.S. custody is a widespread and systemic problem, and one that appears to affect Indigenous language speakers disproportionately.” The study was based on more than 1,100 post-deportation surveys with unauthorized Mexican migrants….

First Ever World Braille Day

Poster for annual celebration of World Braille Day (January 4) with text World Braille Day made by braille alphabet Today (January 4) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly last November as World Braille Day to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people….