In California, the governor and legislative leaders finally have a tentative budget deal. If lawmakers approve it, the plan will use massive spending cuts to erase the state's $26 billion deficit. But many Californians have grown weary of these regular budget stalemates. And they're saying that now is the time to fundamentally change the way the state does business.
Efforts to open the first public dual-language charter school in Austin failed after advocates proposed their program to the State Board of Education in a hearing last Tuesday. The Austin Community School was competing with five other proposed schools. Austin Community School is a proposed public charter school that would incorporate dual language programs and an International Baccalaureate curriculum for both elementary and middle school students.
As a result of Gilbert Town Council's $300,000 cut in support, the Maricopa County Library District has eliminated all adult programs and almost all the programs for youth at Southeast Regional Library. Programs that have been cut include adult ESL classes and computer classes.
In little more than two weeks, demolition at Atlanta's Cross Keys High School will begin. It will erase decades of decline at the DeKalb County campus, transforming brick and mortar literally coming apart at the seams into a newly modern school building. But the renovation seems unlikely to address a deeper concern among some advocates about Cross Keys' future as a traditional neighborhood high school, which now serves many Latino families and English language learners.
It's a new style of teaching and reaching out to English-language learners. It uses charts and chants and turns students into "super scientists" and "experts," putting them in control of their education, proponents say. The teaching style is known as Guided Language Acquisition Development, or "GLAD," and California's Newhall School District employed the program for the first time this summer with about 500 summer school students in 19 classrooms at Old Orchard Elementary School.
A growing number of northwest Ohio school districts with migrant education now offer a program that allows teachers to put their classrooms on wheels to help students at nights and on weekends. They're teaching preschoolers whose parents pick vegetables, children who watch younger siblings during the day, and teens working full days picking crops in the fields. Districts hope the program will stress the importance of education among older children who too often would rather work than continue their schooling, said Jose Salinas, director of the Ohio Migrant Education Center in Fremont.
President Obama announced a $12 billion plan this week to help the nation's struggling community colleges. It's the federal government's biggest effort to boost access to higher education since the original GI bill after World War II. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez about Obama's plan to increase enrollment at community colleges and other developments in higher education this week.
When Ludivina Calderon enrolled in the University of Colorado at Boulder BUENO Center's High School Equivalency Program, or HEP, courses, she likely had no idea how far the program would take her from working the fields between Texas and Colorado. After earning her General Educational Development (GED) certificate in less than a year, Calderon was accepted into the BUENO Center's College Assistance Migrant Program — a program that provides migrant and seasonal farm workers a one-year scholarship.
The fifth-grade students in Jie Lian's Mandarin Chinese summer camp spent a recent Tuesday morning practicing the sing-song inflection the dialect requires. The up-and-down cadence of their voices filled the Trantwood Elementary School classroom as the students tried to master their tongues and strike the proper tone. The students were just a portion of the 45 Virginia Beach fifth-graders selected to take part in the Startalk Summer Elementary Chinese Academy.
It's summer vacation, but Antoine Masereka is in school. The ninth-grader is taking classes at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT. When he moved to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago, he didn't speak English. But even now that he's passed out of his English as a Second Language program, Antoine says he still needs some help. A new program sponsored by St. Michaels' College and the Burlington School District aims to help English Language Learners like Antoine succeed where ESL has left off -- teaching academic English, not just conversational English.