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Trump Officially Proposes Merging U.S. Departments of Education, Labor

President Donald Trump wants to combine the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency focused on workforce readiness and career development. But the plan, which was announced during a cabinet meeting Thursday, will need congressional approval. That's likely to be a tough lift. Similar efforts to scrap the nearly 40-year-old education department or combine it with another agency have fallen flat.

Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

It was a meeting of the five families, but this one — with some assistance from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) — led to what may be the country's first crowdsourced book in the Somali language. When Seattle's Somali population sought more materials to help parents and children communicate in their native language and share their culture and customs, the library set out to develop a pilot project that would allow for family learning and promote cultural understanding — then possibly be scaled for wider use.

The Chaotic Effort to Reunite Immigrant Parents with Their Separated Kids

Jodi Goodwin, an attorney in Harlingen, Tex., has heard more than two dozen variations of those stories from Central American mothers who have been detained for days or weeks without their children. So far, she has not been able to locate a single one of their offspring. "It's just a total labyrinth," she said. Even though the Trump administration has halted its policy of separating illegal border crossers from their children, many of the over 2,300 youths removed from migrant parents since May 5 remain in shelters and foster homes across the country. The U.S. government has done little to help with the reunifications, attorneys say, prompting them to launch a frantic, improvised effort to find the children — some of them toddlers.

See the Schools Puerto Rico Plans to Close and Where Displaced Students Will Go

Hurricane Maria severely disrupted Puerto Rico's public schools when it hit Sept. 20, 2017. Now, the island's education system is poised to undergo a controversial transition. In response to the storm as well as falling enrollment and the government’s long-term financial woes, the Puerto Rico Department of Education plans to close nearly 25 percent of its public schools before the 2018-19 school year begins. Under the plan, 263 schools will close and 847 schools will remain open.

Educating Migrant Children in Shelters: 6 Things to Know

After weeks of insisting Democrats were ultimately responsible for the migrant-child crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump did an about-face Wednesday, reversing a policy that has separated thousands of migrant children from their families — most of whom are coming from Central American countries. But meanwhile, thousands of children will remain in federal custody and are entitled to certain education services while they remain there.

Airlines Ask U.S. Not to Fly Detained Immigrant Children on Their Flights

American Airlines and United Continental asked the U.S. government not to fly immigrant children separated from their families on their aircraft as President Donald Trump said he was abandoning his "zero tolerance" border-enforcement policy. In joining critics of the U.S. detention of the youngsters, the carriers highlighted a central mystery in the political and human-rights crisis: Federal officials weren’t saying how the children were being ferried from near the U.S.-Mexico border to a network of facilities in 17 states.

"Latino Nation Gave Me a Voice:" Verona High School Org to Host Fundraiser Sunday

Latino Nation is a student-led club at Verona Area High School that has taken the initiative to create their own success stories, one student at a time. The club started three years ago with ten students and their adviser, Frank Rodriguez, who wanted to create a space where young Latino students could simply belong. The initiative quickly evolved into much more than that. Since the club started, more than 80 students have become involved.