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8/22/2017

Schools in the UK should do more to nurture and celebrate linguistic diversity, write Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden of the University of York. In this commentary, they assert that English often takes the priority, even though as many as 300 languages are spoken in British schools.

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8/22/2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidance on pediatric hypertension screening. The guidelines suggest that children's blood pressure should be screened using new tables based on normal-weight youths, while BP tables for adults should be used for adolescents ages 13 and older.

8/22/2017

If US lawmakers do not vote to raise the debt ceiling by Sept. 30, the US Department of Education and other parts of the government could shut down. This blog post offers four possibilities for educators to consider as debate gets underway.

8/22/2017

Officials in some California school districts are recruiting teachers who know Spanish for training as bilingual teachers. As the state transitions away from English-only instruction, $5 million has been set aside in the state's budget to help train educators who casually know Spanish to teach academic Spanish to students.

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8/22/2017

A California district will open its first dual-immersion middle school to offer Spanish-language studies for incoming sixth-graders. Students from across Oakland, Calif., will learn core subjects in Spanish and English at the school, which plans to add seventh and eighth grades in the future.

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8/22/2017

A group of Latino parents in Massachusetts is suing a school district for allegedly failing to provide them with adequate translation services. The lawsuit also alleges the state documented the issues and then did nothing to correct the situation in compliance with federal regulations and civil rights laws.

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8/22/2017

Northern State University in South Dakota is offering a two-year Chinese-language certification program to students interested in learning the language and using the certification to boost their career opportunities. The university's online Mandarin course is available for the state's high-schoolers to learn the language.

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Northern State University
8/22/2017

Officials in Turkey have announced plans to phase in a "values-based curriculum," which will eliminate lessons about evolutionary biology, a change that has drawn some criticism. Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said the subject should be taught at the university level.

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National Public Radio
8/22/2017

New GCSE English Literature specifications call for a closed-book, exam-only system. In this commentary, Jo Bullen, subject leader for English at John F Kennedy School, reflects on the changes and shares students' reactions following recent exams.

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The Guardian (London)
8/22/2017

Prospective preschool educators in Singapore will be trained in a new National Institute of Early Childhood Development -- a complement to a similar institute for educators of students in later grades. The institute seeks to serve a growing demand for preschool educators.