Around North Carolina: ESL in the News
Candidates Make Statements on Education
Gets Waiver on 'No Child' Provision
Carolina has been cleared from meeting the most rigorous
requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. The Obama
administration announced that it was issuing waivers to
eight states, including North Carolina, in exchange for
more modern state-developed accountability systems that
will prepare all students for graduation and higher education.
to Create New"Pathways to Prosperity" for High
the approximately 91,000 North Carolina high school students
who received their diplomas this spring, more than three-fourths
say they plan to move on to a two- or four-year college
or university. But by the time they reach their mid-twenties,
only about half of them will have earned a college degree
if past trends continue. There are many reasons for this,
but the college completion rate speaks to the need for alternative
pathways to help young people prepare for their future success.
To accomplish this goal, the North Carolina State Board
of Education will engage with employers and educators to
build career pathways systems for high school students.
Schools Accused of Discriminating against Latino Students
advocacy groups filed a federal civil rights complaint Tuesday
accusing the Wake County school system of discriminating
against Latino families with limited English skills by not
sending them important documents in Spanish. The complaint
asks the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil
Rights to require North Carolina's largest school system
to make changes, such as providing documents about suspensions
and special education services in Spanish to parents with
limited proficiency in English.
Judge: Online School Can't Open in August
Wake County judge has ruled that a controversial charter
school that planned to offer only online classes cannot
open in August. At issue was whether the N.C. Virtual Academy,
the school proposed by N.C. Learns, needed approval from
the State Board of Education. N.C. Learns used an unusual
process through which it won approval from the school board
in Cabarrus County, near Charlotte, to set up an online
charter school that would have drawn students from across
County was the only school district that supported the idea.
Eighty-nine of North Carolina's 115 public school districts
joined under the umbrella of the N.C. School Boards Association
to bolster the state Board of Education's legal challenge
of the online charter.
Federal Report Commends NC's Race to the Top Initiative
Carolina is making great strides as the state approaches the
halfway mark of its four year Race to the Top implementation.
A recent federal report commends the state for its strong
support of schools as they prepare for both new instructional
standards that will better prepare students and the new assessments
that will better measure what students know and are able to
ESOL Camp Helps Hispanic Students
Fine-tune English Skills
than 50 Hispanic students from across Rowan County spent two
weeks in June fine-tuning their English skills through the
use of technology.
The Rowan-Salisbury, NC, School System hosted its first English
for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) camp at Knox Middle
School this year. Program coordinator Miriam Basso said many
of the students participating in the program speak only Spanish
at home and the majority of them dont have Internet
Basso said parents brought rising second- through eighth-graders
to Knox from everywhere from Koontz to Mt. Ulla elementary
schools. Weve had a pretty good turnout for this
being the first time and considering we didnt offer
transportation, she said. Next year, the district is
hoping to have two camps in different parts of the county
in order to reach more children.