SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is joining a push in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey and New York to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients and...
University of New Mexico project works to save Zuni language
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Libraries is working to preserve the Zuni language as part of a new digital initiative.
The school recently announced it has digitized books and posters published by Zuni Pueblo's bilingual education department.
Arin Peywa, a student and a member of Zuni Pueblo, says the new collection will be a great tool for those who use the Zuni language and who want to keep it alive for future generations.
Bilingual certificates proposed for Oklahoma diplomas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma organization is proposing the state add a bilingual certification on diplomas given to high school graduates who speak more than one language.
Thirty-two states include a Seal of Biliteracy on a student's diploma or transcript, confirming the graduate is proficient in English and at least one other language.
As one who has worked in bilingual education for almost two decades, the question I am always asked is, “When is the best time to become bilingual?” The answer: The best time is now! This week, the National Association for Bilingual Education is meeting in Albuquerque, so there is no better time to deliver that message.
Law signed by Baker takes new bilingual education approach
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at giving school districts in Massachusetts more options for teaching non-English speaking students.
The Republican said Friday the new law does not remove an existing requirement that students be taught in English as quickly as possible.
The bill that won overwhelming approval in the Democratic-controlled Legislature overturns part of a 2002 ballot question establishing an "English immersion" policy.
Bill seeks to usher in new era of bilingual education
BOSTON (AP) — Fifteen years ago the question of how best to help bilingual students learn English while still succeeding in other subjects roiled Beacon Hill, culminating in a successful 2002 ballot question that established a policy of "English immersion" for Massachusetts — the idea that it's better to immerse students in English to speed their proficiency.
Gov. Baker: Goal is ensuring students learn English quickly
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that his top priority as he weighs legislation aimed at overhauling bilingual education in Massachusetts is ensuring students become proficient in English "as quickly as is reasonably possible."
Lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at giving school districts more flexibility in choosing alternative approaches for teaching students who are still learning English.
Bilingual Ed Bill Sent to Baker As Lawmakers Head into Break
By Michael P. Norton
State House News Service
BOSTON -- Fifteen years after voters approved the so-called English immersion law, the Legislature on Wednesday approved a bilingual education reform bill designed to give educators more flexibility in teaching English language learners.
Purdue gets $4M in grants for bilingual, English education
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two Purdue University researchers have been awarded nearly $4 million in federal grants intended to address Indiana's shortage of teachers with an expertise in English language learning and bilingual education.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Education is expected to allow the researchers to help more than 400 teachers, administrators and other educators hone their ability to teach English as a second language.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new report examining New York's teacher shortage says it's mostly confined to a handful of subjects and geographic regions.
The New York State Schools Boards Association says hard-to-staff subjects include science, math, special education, bilingual education and technology. It says shortages are found mostly in New York City and smaller, rural districts.
Education Department to take more time on bilingual program revamp
The New Mexico Public Education Department is giving parents, educators, advocates and tribal members more time to weigh in on a plan to reshape bilingual education programs after dozens of people voiced fears about what they see as a hastily proposed overhaul that would diminish students’ options and threaten the future of dual-language learning.
The state Public Education Department may cut some of its dual-language programs and beef up others, a move that Secretary Hanna Skandera says is designed to improve the bilingual education system in New Mexico and expand access to more children.
But advocates say the changes could end critical services to more than 20,000 students now enrolled.
Help wanted: Bilingual teachers for California schools
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Californians passed a ballot measure to bring back bilingual education in the upcoming school year, educators say a challenge to getting the programs started will be finding more bilingual teachers.
Nearly two decades after banning most bilingual education, Californians voted in November to let schools restore it for both English learners and English speakers whose parents want them to learn Spanish, Mandarin and other languages to compete globally for jobs.
When Eddie Torres became interested in something, there was no holding him back.
Switching careers in his early 30s, Torres obtained his masters degree in bilingual education, which he strongly supported, and became an elementary school teacher in his early 40s.
After experiencing heart problems later in life, Torres decided to eliminate meat from his diet after researching the subject extensively.
D-428 parents seek help from committee to give their children a bilingual education
Isabell Escamilla said she has the desire to participate in a community connected by her two children and 6,200 others, but what holds her back are the words she can’t say.
Escamilla is one of more than 200 Spanish-speaking parents who have gathered to seek the guidance of DeKalb School District 428 principals, teachers and organizers to better understand their communities and the resources they provide.
US turns right in election, while California goes left
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the future happens first in California, the future is going to have to wait.
As the country veered to the political right on Election Day, delivering the White House to Donald Trump and leaving Congress in Republican control, California moved assertively in the other direction.
California goes its own way as nation elects Trump
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a historic night for Donald Trump and Republicans, California went its own way.
The nation's most populous state reaffirmed its standing Tuesday as a Democratic fortress, delivering a landslide win for Hillary Clinton in her losing White House run while extending an income tax on the wealthy, reviving bilingual education in schools, raising tobacco taxes and legalizing marijuana.
California repeals law that limited bilingual education
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly repealed a nearly two-decade-old law that limited bilingual education in public schools.
Proposition 58 had about 73 percent support with 3.2 million votes counted.
The measure undoes a 1998 law requiring schools to use English immersion for most students not fluent in the language.
California voters repeal nearly two-decade-old law limiting bilingual education in schools
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters repeal nearly two-decade-old law limiting bilingual education in schools .
Younger, diverse voters are reshaping California politics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Come Election Day, California could legalize pot. Its new U.S. senator will be black or Hispanic — a first for the state. And voters could end the death penalty and revive bilingual education in schools.
The outcome of voting on Nov. 8 is likely to reflect long-term trends that have seen the nation's most populous state become increasingly diverse and firmly Democratic in its politics.
Twenty years ago, California public schools were forcing thousands of Latino children into Spanish-almost-only classes against the wishes of their parents.
Proposition 58 expands bilingual education choices
In 1996, The Los Angeles Times told the story of a group of Latino immigrant parents who began a public protest against their local elementary school for refusing to teach their children English, boycotting classes and marching outside with picket...