Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

States, educators watching Texas bilingual ed case closely

The Houston Chronicle reports on litigation that has captured the attention of bilingual education advocates across the nation:

A federal judge’s ruling that Texas is not living up to its obligation to properly educate students who struggle with the English language gives hope to many of those children with dismal academic achievement, a civil rights lawyer said Monday.

The state of Texas is not complying with the federal Equal Education Opportunity Act, in that public schools are failing their obligation to overcome language barriers, Senior U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice said in a 95-page ruling on Friday.

“The failure of secondary (limited English proficient) students under every metric clearly and convincingly demonstrates student failure, and accordingly, the failure of the (English as a Second Language) secondary program in Texas,” Justice wrote in the opinion, which reversed his 2007 ruling in the case.

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Congress close to passing higher ed bill

From Reuters:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act is expected to reach the House and Senate floors by Thursday, lawmakers said on Tuesday night after meeting on the bill. Each chamber previously passed its own version of the measure.

The bill would require lenders and colleges to adopt strict codes of conduct. It would also expand scholarship aid to students and increase funding for graduate study at institutions that primarily serve minorities.

In addition, the bill would boost college aid and support for veterans and military families by creating new scholarship programs and support centers for veterans.