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Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on a review of state policies by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, which raises questions about the validity of the use of home-language surveys as a step to identify students eligible for special help in learning English. While it's ubiquitous in schools across the country, the practice of educators'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Validity, Federal Government, Politics of Education
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2008
Supporters of bilingual education are hoping that the election of Barack Obama as president will lead to a thaw in attitudes toward what they consider a proven educational method that has been ignored--or worse--by the Bush administration. Advocates are encouraged by the endorsement of bilingual education by President-elect Obama in the recent…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Bilingual Education, Limited English Speaking, Presidents
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses the withdrawal of the United States government from educational reform in Iraq. It has however, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, awarded a two-year National Capacity Development contract, which is aimed at helping Iraq's government ministries to function better. This article discusses how security…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Foreign Countries, Grants, Educational Change
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2005
The U.S. Department of Education's first-ever evaluation of how states are meeting requirements for English-language learners under the federal No Child Left Behind Act can be looked at two ways. One view of the report, which was released to Congress on March 15, 2005, is that states have made great strides in laying the groundwork for schools to…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Politics of Education
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2004
This article discusses Iraq's Ministry of Education's freedom to call the shots a year after a U.S. led coalition took charge of rebuilding their school system. The U.S. Agency for International Development has rejected requests by the press for the monitoring and evaluation documents on Creative Associates International. The Coalition Provisional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Politics of Education, Audits (Verification)