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Program Helps English Learners Take Next Step to College

For many students, the things learned during the school year can be easily forgotten during the summer months away. That's why the Steps-to-College program, which provides summer enrichment courses for English-learning local high school students, was developed.

Across the Country, Protesters Rally to Keep Immigrant Families Together

As temperatures crept toward 90 degrees, tens of thousands of protesters shuffled across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon to denounce the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. Crowds gathered in lower Manhattan before marching over the East River to Cadman Plaza, not far from the federal courthouse for the End Family Separation NYC Rally and March. It was one of more than 600 demonstrations taking place this weekend, from the nation's capital to Appalachia. Thousands took to the streets to demand the end of the separation of immigrant children from their families, as well as implore voters to turn out for this year’s midterm elections.

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

The numbers are stark and staggering. Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Once they get beyond the literacy skill-building support of elementary school, those who fail sixth grade English run an 82 percent chance of never graduating. With the negative predictors so clear, we have to talk about teens who are struggling readers: Who are they, what do they need, and how can libraries help them?

Teachers React to the Supreme Court Ruling That Ends 'Fair Share' Union Fees

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a heavy blow to teachers' unions with their ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31.  The decision set off a firestorm of reaction, including among educators. Some teachers are excited about the prospect of no longer having to pay dues to their union, while others have reiterated their commitment to their union. Here's a sampling of some responses from teachers.

Janus, the Supreme Court, and Teachers' Unions: An Overview

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major blow to teachers' unions, ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 that teachers in about half of states do not have to pay "agency" or "shop" fees if they're not union members. Get caught up on the case by reading some of our coverage below.