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Here's the List of New Dual Language Programs

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New York City families who want their children to learn another language will have more public school options in the fall.
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Another Promise for English Language Learners

Monday, November 10, 2014

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State and city agreed to improve services for English Language Learners, after the city failed to meet targets outlined in 2011.
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Teachers of New Immigrants Refuse to Give Students an English Test

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Teachers at a school for newly arrived immigrants said they won't administer an assessment because they think it is harmful to their students. City officials disagree.

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Supreme Court Justice Urges Immigrant Parents to Help Children with School

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a large gathering of parents of English language learners to speak up and ask for help navigating the massive school system, and to remember this mantra: "I am not stupid. I am ignorant. Help me figure it out."

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How We Devised a Pro-Diversity Admissions Rule in a Changing Neighborhood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An inside player who helped negotiate an unusual admissions policy at an elementary school in fast-changing Sunset Park, Brooklyn lifts the curtain on the process behind the policy that will set aside more than a third of the Kindergarten seats for poor and immigrant students.

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In Praise of Paraprofessionals

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Bronx middle-school teacher writes: "Because of their impermanence, people often think of paraprofessionals as replaceable -- one may be substituted for another from day to day. But at graduation this year, Ms. Javier sat on the stage and cried while she watched the students that she had helped get there. “Do you think next year I will have a student like Allie?” she asked me, mourning the loss of one. To the students, she was not replaceable -- and certainly not to me."

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High Turnover for Charter School Principals, Report Says

Monday, April 30, 2012

A report by charter school advocates found that teacher and principal attrition is a significant hurdle for the sector, which is young but growing quickly. There are currently 136 charter schools in New York City, and from year to year, they are burning through about a third of their teachers.

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Deputy Chancellor Rodriguez Retires

Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura Rodriguez, the deputy chancellor for students with disabilities and English language learners, stepped down on Monday. In a news release, the Department of Education announced that Ms. Rodriguez will be replaced by Corinne Rello-Anselmi as of July 1.

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Believe Charter Network Founder Indicted

Friday, April 13, 2012

The city's determination to close the Believe Charter Network schools came into focus on Thursday when its founder, Eddie Calderon-Melendez, was arrested on 11 felony counts, including tax fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records.

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Students Learn Differently. So Why Test Them All the Same?

Friday, February 17, 2012

A high school teacher who works with English Language Learners writes, 'Of course my kids can be assessed. But expecting the same thing from them and kids who have been speaking English all their lives is ludicrous.'

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The 'Super Heroes' Are Already Here

Friday, December 23, 2011

A principal in the Bronx says there are superheroes in many public schools, giving their all to help children from struggling homes gain a love of learning, all leading, perhaps, to a different life script.

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Facing Challenges in Multiple Languages

Friday, December 02, 2011

Hear how a school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, tackles the challenge of a Spanish-English dual language curriculum in this podcast from Feet in Two Worlds.

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A High School Student Body That Represents 45 Countries

Monday, October 17, 2011

A school for new immigrants is the subject of a new book that chronicles a year there. Hear more about it on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show."

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A Road Map for Immigrant Parents

Thursday, October 13, 2011

the New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella group of dozens of immigrant organizations, announced an ambitious project to increase involvement by immigrant parents in the city’s public school system.

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City Must Focus on English Language Learners

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A neglected segment of the city school population, English language learners, finally received some attention Wednesday, with the state's announcement of the city's 31-page plan to improve services. Meanwhile, the effects of last week's school layoffs are beginning to emerge.

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City Must Improve Its Services for English Learners

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More than a year ago, the state informed the city that it would require it to create a plan to improve its performance in serving English language learners, and on Wednesday it released the city’s 31-page pledge. Among other things, the plan spells out the extent to which the city is in violation of state law with the services it does provide.

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Principal for a Day and a School's Partner All Year Round

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Jessica Rovello was principal for the day at the International High School at Union Square on Wednesday, where she talked to students about her company, Arkadium, and explained how to pursue careers in video game development. But she has been working with the school's principal for the last year, lending her business experience to the school's growth.

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City Charters Don't Take Enough English Language Learners, Study Shows

Monday, April 25, 2011

For years, education advocates have been complaining that charter schools aren't serving all children equally because they take a disproportionately low share of English Language Learners.

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Tempers Flare at Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sparks flew in the Bronx today at the State Assembly Education Committee's hearing on mayoral control of the public schools.

Shana Marks-Odinga and Zakiyah Ansari of Campaign for Better Schools at the Assembly Education Committee hearing today in the Bronx. They want more checks and balances on mayoral control when the law comes up for renewal in June.

Shana Marks-Odinga and Zakiyah Ansari of Campaign for Better Schools at the Assembly Education Committee hearing today in the Bronx. They want more checks and balances on mayoral control when the law comes up for renewal in June.

With the law granting Mayor Bloomberg full control over the school system of more than a million students set to expire in June, assembly members peppered Department of Education officials with questions - specifically about programs for English Language Learners. It was an especially relevant issue as the Bronx is now more than 50 percent Hispanic, according to census figures.

Karin Weekes (r) and Jeanette Iglesias (next to her) and Milton Bustamante at the State Assembly Education hearing at Lehman College in the Bronx. They all have children who attend the Family Life Academy charter school and they believe having the mayor in charge has improved the schools.

Milton Bustamante, Jeanette Iglesias, and Karin Weekes at the State Assembly Education hearing at Lehman College in the Bronx. They all have children who attend the Family Life Academy charter school and they believe having the mayor in charge has improved the schools.

Maria Santos, the Education Department's executive director of English Language Learners, testified that there are now more programs for these students. She said the number of English Language Learners performing at the lowest levels has decreased in the Bloomberg years and that the city has created more dual language programs - though she conceded the graduation statistics were less clear. But Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo called her a 'liar' (in Spanish and English) and proposed a collaboration with a University in Puerto Rico to prepare more teachers for working with English Language Learners. And parents and community members in the auditorium at Lehman college erupted with boos as Santos testified.

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