Advocacy

Important English Language Learner Bills Move Forward

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By JEFF FROST —After years of efforts by education advocates trying to improve the opportunities of EL students through the legislative process, we are now making progress. With the language in the Local Control Funding Formula focusing on the improving the academic outcomes of EL students as a key accountability requirement, the growing participation of
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Nevada Looks to Expand ‘Zoom Schools,’
Introduce Promise Program

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By LINDA GANNON —Nevada commenced its biannual legislative session in February, so it is a good time to share some updates that will affect our state’s second-language teachers and residents. We are now without CATESOL advocacy, but I had the opportunity to travel to Carson City recently and interact with members of the Senate and
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My Name, My Identity

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —What’s in a name? Each of our names is tied to our identity, our family history, our culture, our language and, essentially, who we are. When you pronounce students’ names accurately, you are acknowledging and respecting each of the students in your classroom. Your classroom, your school, and your community of learners
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State Budget Update: Proposals Address Decline in Revenue

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By JEFF FROST —Budget Overview On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016-2017 budget proposals. The governor began his press conference by reporting that state revenue collections over the past six months indicate the “tide has begun to turn.” More specifically, while state revenues continue to increase, “the trajectory of General Fund revenue growth”
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Governor Signs CATESOL-Supported Bills

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
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By JEFF FROST —In the late evening of September 30, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. completed his actions on the bills that reached the governor’s office before the 2016 legislative session ended. During the course of 2016, 1,059 bills reached Governor Brown, and he signed 898 of them. The governor vetoed 159 bills, and he
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CATESOL Goes to Washington for 2016 TESOL Summit

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
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By JUDITH B. O’LOUGHLIN —Judy O’Loughlin, CATESOL K-12 Advocacy Chair, and Sydney Rice, CATESOL president, representing Adult Education, joined approximately 75 other TESOL educators and members of TESOL International Association on June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, DC, for the 2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. The program featured two full days of issue briefings and
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New Legislation a Positive Step
for Making Progress on EL Policy

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST —As I have reported earlier this year, the 2016 session of the State Legislature has produced two bills that should have significant impacts on improving opportunities for English learners. CATESOL is supporting both of these measures. AB 2350 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would prohibit English learners (ELs) in middle and high school
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New Legislation a Positive Step for Progress on EL Policy

May 10th, 2016 | By
thumbnail of legislative advocate Jeff Frost

By JEFF FROST As the 2016 session of the state legislature gets started, three bills have been introduced that CATESOL is watching closely; they should have significant impacts on improving opportunities for English learners. AB 2350 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would prohibit English learners (ELs) in middle and high school from being prevented from enrolling
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Developing a New Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

Mar 19th, 2016 | By
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By JEFF FROST —The State Board of Education (SBE) is in the process of developing a new school accountability system and will continue the debate at its March SBE meeting. California’s new accountability system will build on the foundations of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), consisting of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP),
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Obama’s Signature Ends NCLB; Every Student Succeeds Act Shifts Standards Setting to States

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By JEFF FROST —On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law a new education reauthorization bill that had been worked on for several weeks by congressional representatives. The new law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), makes a number of important changes to how education policy will be handled and allows states, not
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