Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes

He could have written about the green toy truck he kept hidden in his room, a reminder of Haiti, a place he did not yet fully understand.

He might have mentioned the second-place trophy he had won for reciting a psalm in French at church — “le bonheur et la grâce m’accompagneront tous les jours de ma vie...” — his one and only award.

He could have noted his dream of becoming an engineer or an architect, to one day have a house with a pool and a laboratory where he would turn wild ideas about winged cars and jet packs into reality.

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Vergara's Shaky Significance

 
Prof. David Bloomfield
 
Jun 15, 2014
 
students matter vergara
The students of Vergara (Monica Almeida/NY Times)

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Know Your Rights: English Language Learner Resource Requirements

 
The Campaign for Educational Equity undertook an extensive research project on educational inadequacies in high-need schools around the state and published findings about widespread violations of students’ educational rights. This brief, part of a series, explains the rights of English language learners in New York schools and summarizes our key findings in this area.

Standards Scolds Are Getting Us Nowhere

By Jeff Bryant

Anyone who remembers the spectacle of the Obama Administration’s maneuvering on the Grand Bargain for solving the nation’s financial problems should feel in familiar territory watching how the current controversy over the Common Core State Standards is playing out.

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What Is the Right Policy Toward Unaccompanied Children at U.S. Borders?

The U.S. government recognizes that the flow of unaccompanied children across its southern border is a genuine migration emergency. On June 2, President Obama assigned responsibility for meeting the needs of the children taken into federal custody to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), describing the inflow as an “urgent humanitarian issue.” With 60,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador, expected to enter federal custody after crossing the border this fiscal year—up from a tenth that number just three years ago (fiscal year 2011)—attention is understandably focused on keeping these children sheltered, fed, and out of harm’s way. Governmental capacity to care for the caseload is overwhelmed as fast as it can be installed. Everyone knows that the current trend is unsustainable: a broader policy response must quickly follow on the humanitarian one.

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MPI Commentary Assesses Surge in Unaccompanied Child Migration, Offers Some Policy Options

The Migration Policy Institute
June 11, 2014
Dear Luis Reyes,

The rapidly rising flow of unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border represents a genuine migration emergency. More than 60,000 unaccompanied children, overwhelmingly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, are expected to enter federal custody after crossing the border this fiscal year—up from a tenth that number just three years ago.

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New York State Sets Focus on English-Learners

With the shift to the common standards and recent history of low student-achievement results as catalysts, education leaders in New York state are pushing a new agenda for English-language learners that calls for more accountability for their needs and more opportunities for rigorous bilingual and dual-language instruction.

Called the Blueprint for English-Language Learners Success, the document was approved by the state board of regents this spring. It outlines priorities and expectations for how districts across New York are to provide instruction and support for English-learners in public schools. Among them: that all teachers, regardless of grade level or content expertise, should consider themselves teachers of English-learners; and that school leaders at all levels—including principals and superintendents—are responsible for the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional needs of ELLs.

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Building on Immigrants’ Strengths to Improve Their Children’s Early Education

June 5, 2014
Senior Researcher in the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation.
 
Children of immigrants make up a growing percentage of the American education system. How can we ensure that they have access to high-quality early education? By supporting their parents.
 
The last few years have been particularly good ones for advocates of greater investments in early education access. New research, high levels of public support, and new legislative efforts are making it easier than ever to imagine a United States in which high-quality early education is available to all children (albeit with plenty of work still ahead)

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Why Do Most Black and Latino Students Go to Two-Year Colleges?

A new initiative in east Los Angeles hopes to create a culture that will steer students to four-year schools.
By Janell Ross
The Atlantic (May 22 2014)
 
In Los Angeles, the announcement last week made for front-of-the-local-section news. Students at gang- and poverty-ridden East Los Angeles's Garfield High School who meet minimum requirements will now enjoy guaranteed admission to California State University (Los Angeles). The same initiative will also guarantee that students at East L.A. College, a nearby community college, can transfer to Cal State L.A., and the community college will expand its course offerings available to Garfield students.

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  4. America’s Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color
  5. Teacher Diversity Revisited
  6. 'The Language Gap' -- Liberal Guilt Creates Another Not-So-Magic Bullet
  7. Cultural Diversity and Language Socialization in the Early Years
  8. New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation
  9. Status Quo at Elite New York Schools: Few Blacks and Hispanics
  10. Scholarships for Black Students
  11. Pre-K on the Starting Blocks
  12. Regents balance praise and criticism in Core forums debrief
  13. Dissent magazine article: Who Will Reform the Reformers?
  14. Best and worst education news of 2013
  15. Veteran of City School System Is Said to Be Next Chancellor
  16. De Blasio chancellor pick Fariña promises ‘progressive agenda’
  17. Prioridad educativa para inmigrantes de NY
  18. El Diario Op-Ed on Priority of ELLs for New Chancellor By Claire Sylvan & Steven Choi
  19. New York fails Common Core tests
  20. Shock Doctrine: five reasons not to trust the results of the new state tests
  21. Make bilingual education a priority
  22. NYC sheepskinned: First-in-decade drop in high-school grads
  23. It’s Not Just the Interest Rate: How Congress Can Help Students
  24. Districts Asking Parents to Pony Up for Bus Services
  25. Corbett to Philly: Fix your own schools
  26. China’s new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores
  27. Education System Stifles Creativity, Say Teachers, Parents
  28. Child Poverty Has Risen Even As Unemployment Falls
  29. The Time To Press The Case For Pre-K Is Now
  30. The Great Divide in High School College Readiness Rates
  31. College-readiness rates of City High schools
  32. New York Times editors sadly return to cheerleading Bloomberg's status quo