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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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  • Report Shows Need for Elementary After-School Expansion

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    Mayor de Blasio & students (photo: Mayor's Office)


    The expansion of public educational programs to enhance the traditional school system and combat rising inequality has been a signature of the de Blasio administration.

    Much like his universal pre-kindergarten program, de Blasio's vast expansion of middle school after-school offerings allows more structured opportunity for young people as well as more assurance and opportunity for parents.

    Yet, while ...