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  • The Dangerous Gutting of ESL Instruction Must Be Reversed

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    (photo via NYC Schools on flickr)


    High school can be rough. Our children and students are frequently insecure, uncertain, and grasping to find their way in a new and unfamiliar environment. Some students have to deal with not only that, but also the fact that they don’t speak English.

    For most English Language Learners (ELLs), one safe haven has been their English classroom, where a teacher understood their special needs and made sure no one made fun of their inevitable errors and struggles with a new

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  • Debate Over Evaluations Leaves Teachers Frustrated

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    Governor Cuomo (photo: Governor's Office via flickr)


    A room full of high school students was answering questions on an excerpt from Stephen Hawking's "The (Elusive) Theory of Everything." The result of the exam could significantly affect their academic future. Also hanging in the balance: the evaluation their English teacher would receive - as well as those to be received by their art, Spanish and music teachers.

    "The test is designed to fail both us and the students," said English teacher Jennifer Onopa. In

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