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Latino Growth Spurs Bilingual Ed Call in New Haven

City public schools have over 3,500 students who do not speak English as a native language. The system has only 50 certified bilingual teachers to teach those students. That English Language Learner-to-bilingual teacher imbalance emerged recently during a wide-ranging, two-and-a-half-hour workshop that the Board of Alders Education Committee held in the Aldermanic Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

More children arriving very sick at the U.S. border

A growing number of families and children apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico are requiring medical treatment after a rigorous journey north in very crowded conditions, the head of Border Patrol said Monday. At the close of a month in which two young Guatemalan children died in federal custody, six children were among 17 migrants hospitalized with illnesses, said Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Best of 2018: Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award and Filipino Storytelling Tradition

For the first time in Newbery history, the winner and all three honor books were written by authors of color. “I get messages from people in the Philippines who are just very proud that a Filipina-American has been recognized,” says Kelly. “When you have a group of people saying they’re so proud you’re representing the community, it’s like ‘Whoa.’” Lara Saguisag, an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, hopes Kelly’s novels and success help Filipino and Filipino-American kids “recognize they are worthy of being in stories” and even inspire them to create their own.

Best of 2018: How a Lost Boy From Sudan Found His True Calling in the U.S.

Baltimore's Stoop Stories is a 12-year-old live show and podcast wherein people from all walks of life tell their tales. The premise is simple: Everyone has a story. But then few have one as horrific, heartbreaking — and ultimately inspiring — as the one told by Jacob Atem, who was born in the part of Sudan that is now the independent country of South Sudan and who is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Humanitarian Health. Atem is a former Lost Boy, one of some 40,000 children orphaned by the Sudanese civil war in the 1990s. They fled the country on foot via arduous cross-country treks and spent years in refugee camps. Nearly 4,000 were ultimately resettled in the U.S.

Best of 2018: Why Manchester Students Wrote a Book for the Mayor

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig got an early holiday present on Monday from a group of Webster Elementary School English language learners. The students presented a book they've been preparing for the last few months in their immersive all-day ESL class. The book opens with the words "We are Manchester Proud" and a photo of the students, who moved here within the last year from countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. After that, there are pages of photos of their new city, Manchester, that the students took themselves on walking tours.

Best of 2018: Perez Crowned Spanish Spelling Bee Winner for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Ranferi Perez took home first place in W.M. Irvin Elementary School’s Spanish Spelling Bee. The school held its first Spanish Spelling Bee last year when English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Emily Francis (recently featured on The Ellen Show) came across information online about the National Spanish Spelling Bee. She was inspired by the event and decided to give her students the opportunity to participate in their own bee.

Best of 2018: In One Generation, a Farmworker Family Grows College Ambitions

For as long as he can remember, Angel Benavides has missed the beginning of the school year in Texas because his family stays in North Dakota through the harvest. It's weather-dependent, so there's no hard end; all Angel knows is they'll head home to Texas sometime in October or November. That flexibility is a big deal for employers who rely on seasonal workers to quickly harvest and process crops before they spoil. But it puts workers' kids — more than 300,000 of them nationwide, according to the Department of Education — in a tough situation: keeping their grades up in a system designed for students who start and finish the year at the same school.

Best of 2018: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Writing Book About Kids with 'Life Challenges'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke Friday about a book she’s working on about kids with "life challenges," such as attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness and diabetes. Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, she said she wanted to write a book about "all of the common challenges, some visible and not so visible, that kids grow up in the world experiencing."