Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pleaded with President Trump on Monday to carve out an exception to his new executive order for Iraqi citizens who contributed to the U.S. war effort, and are now in danger of being left in danger in that war-torn country. Thousands of translators who helped out American troops.. read more →

Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in dramatic back-to-back speeches Wednesday said they would oppose confirming Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. The two became the first Republican senators to break with any of President Trump’s Cabinet picks. The defections set up a potential 51-50 vote in the Senate to confirm DeVos, with Vice President.. read more →

As President Donald Trump weighs the fate of undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of K-12 children and the educators who serve them are bracing for upheaval. This week, Trump has already signed executive orders that order construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, called.. read more →

Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice for education secretary, has spent over two decades advocating for school choice programs, which give students and parents an alternative to traditional public school education. Her confirmation hearing was scheduled for.. read more →

President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and others from entering the United States damages many; but none worse than a small group of Muslims who were willing to sacrifice their lives aiding our troops: language translators in Iraq and Afghanistan. These people took a grave risk by serving the US military and intelligence forces in.. read more →

Today the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced an award of $500,000 to the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety to create a plan for establishing a National Deaf Service Line that will enable Deaf victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking to speak directly with.. read more →

A group of Voorhies Elementary School third-graders huddled together on a carpet as their teacher, Julissa Moreno, called them to the whiteboard for a math lesson. “Doscientos paginas veces seis fotos en cada pagina. Cuantos?” Moreno asked, as she tapped the board with her marker. The question in English: There are 200 pages times six.. read more →

Hilda Maldonado is an evangelist for bilingual education. As head of multilingual programming for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she welcomed California’s vote last fall to repeal an almost two-decade mandate for English-only classes in public schools. Her district’s 640,000-plus students collectively speak 93 languages. Maldonado said, “Forty-nine percent of the students in this.. read more →

This fall 50 Spokane kindergarten students will learn in Spanish and English. Spokane Public Schools will add two Spanish language immersion kindergarten classes in the Libby Center, where students will be instructed in Spanish half of the time. “We’re trying to prepare our students to be global citizens and be competitive in the workforce,” said.. read more →

A surge of refugees to the Sacramento area has transformed San Juan Unified into the local epicenter for students from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria. As a result, the district has hired non-credentialed bilingual instructional assistants who speak Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian to help newcomers understand classroom lessons. In the last school year,.. read more →