ESSA Implications for Latinos and English Learners

By Dr. Christopher R. McBride, Mariposa Academy of Language and Learning
(This is cross-posted from the National Institute for Latino School Leaders Blog.)

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Latino students represent one of four students in classrooms across the United States and are projected to represent about one in three students by 2030. There are nearly five million English learner (EL) students and 80 percent of them are Spanish speakers. Furthermore, in 2013 only about 61 percent of EL students graduated high school compared to an average of about 75 percent of Hispanic students and over 86 percent of White students. Clearly our Latino and EL populations are growing and we, as a nation, are not meeting their educational needs. If we do not do a better job educating these students to prepare them to succeed in college and life afterward, we will all suffer.

Aware of the facts around Latino and EL students, the question weighing on the minds of many educational leaders is, “How will the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impact our ability to close the achievement gap for Latinos and English learners?” The answer to this question is that it depends on the specific implementation in your state. ESSA has provided for increased funding for ELs by increasing Title III authorization levels. ESSA also leaves greater discretion to states to develop suitable accountability systems for when they are failing groups of students and has moved accountability for ELs from Title III to Title I. Therefore, it is critical to the success of Latinos and ELs students that states adopt provisions to better track and improve the educational performance of ELs.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — April 25, 2016

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 What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Tuesday, the House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • R. 4096– Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Capuano / Financial Services Committee)
  • R. 5019– Fair Access to Investor Research Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
  • R. 2901– Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Financial Services Committee)
  • R. 223– Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. David Joyce / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • R. 3030– Baudette Coast Guard Housing Conveyance Act(Sponsored by Rep. Collin Peterson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • House Amendment to 1523 – To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • R. 1684– Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2016, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • R. 4820– Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann / Homeland Security Committee)
  • R. 4698– Securing Aviation from Foreign Entry Points and Guarding Airports Through Enhanced Security Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
  • R. 3583– PREPARE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
  • R. 2615– Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act (Sponsored by Rep. Stacey Plaskett / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • R. 2908– National Bison Legacy Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • R. 4359– Administrative Leave Reform Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • R. 4360– Official Personnel File Enhancement Act(Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • Concur in the Senate Amendment toR. 1493 – Protect and Preserve Cultural Property Act (Sponsored by Rep. Elliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • R. 4923– American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • R. 4240– No Fly for Foreign Fighters Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 699– Email Privacy Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Judiciary Committee)
  • 1890– Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 4498– HALOS Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Financial Services Committee)

On Thursday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following:

  • R. 4901– SOAR Reauthorization Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • J. Res. 88– Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary” (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Education and Workforce Committee)

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2028, the legislative vehicle for the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

White House:

On Monday, the president will open and tour the Hannover Messe Trade Fair with Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Afterwards, President Obama will deliver remarks. In the afternoon, the president will meet with President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in a meeting hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the evening, President Obama will depart Hannover and return to Washington DC.

On Tuesday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, President Obama will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2015 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

On Thursday, the president and the first lady will mark Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Friday, President Obama will attend the International Jazz Day Festival at the White House.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending April 22

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Week Ending April 22

This week in immigration: NCLR rallies with immigration advocates on steps of Supreme Court and what could happen next in U.S. v Texas

NCLR rallies on Supreme Court steps for administrative relief: NCLR staff members joined thousands of advocates and NCLR Affiliates for a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court in support of the President’s executive actions on immigration on Monday as the justices heard arguments in the U.S. v Texas case. Attendees heard from families and Congressional representatives, as well as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, about the need for administrative relief and the effects on American communities. “The presence of thousands of people at the Supreme Court today demonstrates both how many families are impacted by this needless delay and how important it is to let these programs go forward, not only to our community, but also to our economy and our country,” said Ms. Murguía in a statement. “Presidents on both sides of the aisle, on many occasions, have set a clear precedent for the use of executive action to shield people from deportations. We hope and expect that reason and precedent win the day.” Media and highlights from the rally can be found in our blog post and on our website.

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Beyond Financial Literacy Is Financial Capability

By Sabrina Terry, Project Manager, Wealth Building Initiative

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The path to financial stability requires more than just financial literacy. Most Latino families understand basic banking principles, but struggle to follow them because of financial strain. Latino families suffered tremendously in the aftermath of the recession, losing 66 percent of their wealth. They need practical financial tools to stabilize their households and communities. Ongoing challenges exacerbate Latinos’ ability to recover, including homes that remain underwater, unemployment, underemployment, lack of access to credit, or having no credit profile, as well as immigrant-specific challenges such as language, proof of income, legal status, and identification barriers.

Like many of our partners in community development, NCLR has expanded its model beyond basic financial education. Instead, we celebrate Financial Capability Month. For us, financial capability is combining financial education and one-on-one coaching with access to safe and affordable products. We also recognize that Latinos need a fair financial marketplace, so our model also includes policy advocacy for better products, services, and financial regulations.

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Online Payday Lenders Are Costing Borrowers Hundreds in Bank Penalties

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Payday lenders who operate online stores aren’t just bilking millions from consumers through their exorbitant interest rates and fees. They are also causing their customers to rack up an average of $185 per person in bank penalties, says a new report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week. It outlines how these lenders, through repeated debit attempts, add steep and hidden costs to their borrowers. Worse, they are often punished after too many penalties by their financial institution taking action to close down their accounts involuntarily. Yet despite the hundreds of dollars in penalties customers rack up because of these repeated debit attempts, lenders typically fail to even collect the initial payment they were seeking.

“Taking out an online payday loan can result in collateral damage to a consumer’s bank account,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in a statement. “Bank penalty fees and account closures are a significant and hidden cost to these products. We are carefully considering this information as we continue to prepare new regulations in this market.”

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