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Monday, June 23, 2014

Graduation rates released today reveal that the future of New York State’s English language learners (ELLs) is in jeopardy. These students – many of whom are newcomers from every corner of the globe with enormous potential - continue to lag far behind their English speaking peers with an achievement gap of 47 percentage points. While there has been a slow but steady improvement in graduation rates for many students, and noteworthy improvement for many students in New York City, that is not the case for students who are still learning English.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The following is a joint statement from Claire Sylvan, founding executive director of Internationals Network for Public Schools and Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Today, on the steps of the New York City Public Library, the New York State Dream Act Coalition (NYSDAC) called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to take action and include the New York State (NYS) Dream Act in the 2014 budget. The Dream Act would open New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to all students regardless of their immigration status. It would also allow all New York youth to access 529 tuition savings accounts, and establish a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Statewide, only 3.2% of English language learners reached proficiency levels in English Language Arts and only 9.8% of English language learners attained proficiency in Mathematics according to results released by the state today on the 2012–13 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests. These numbers reflect a dramatic drop from already abysmal proficiency levels last year, which were 11.7% and 34.4% in English Language Arts and Mathematics respectively for English language learners.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 New York is the first city in America to make investment that will allow thousands of immigrants to legally live and work in the country

Today, Speaker Quinn, New York City Council Members, Bloomberg administration officials and advocates announced $18 million in funding to provide adult education classes and legal services for New York’s young immigrants in order to help them qualify for the Federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
 Legal IDs enable immigrant families to enter public schools, increase financial stability, and permit access to government buildings
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 The following statement is from Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition: 

Monday, April 29, 2013

   2013 Fellows Face a Landscape Changed by DACA and the Prospect of Immigration Reform

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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