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Chaos for Dual Language Learners

Education Policy

Linguistic diversity is increasing among American K-12 students but policies for dual language learners aren’t keeping pace with the demographic shifts in our schools. Policies vary incoherently from state to state and worse, almost none follow the latest science on how young children learn a second language. The Weekly Wonk spotlights the findings of New America senior researcher Conor P. Williams, who weighs in on the realities and ramifications of this chaos.

Upcoming Events

Can We Imagine Our Way to a Better Future?

EVENT October 02, 2014 9:00 am– 3:15 pm

Thursday October 02, 2014

9:00 am – 3:15 pm


[u'Keck Center of the National Academies', u'500 Fifth Street, NW', u'Washington, DC 20001']

From the tales we tell about robots and drones, to the narratives on the cutting edge of neuroscience, to society’s view of its most intractable problems, we need to begin telling a new set of stories about ourselves and the future.

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Political Order and Political Decay

EVENT October 08, 2014 12:15 pm– 1:45 pm

Wednesday October 08, 2014

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


[u'New America', u'1899 L Street NW Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

The pursuit of a strong, accountable government is seen as a driver of history in Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s new book, Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of his epic study of politics and the state after 2011’s The Origins of Political Order.

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A Multi-Generational Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation

EVENT October 09, 2014 10:00 am– 11:30 am

Thursday October 09, 2014

10:00 am – 11:30 am


[u'New America', u'1899 L Street NW Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

Join us on October 9 to hear from a panel of experts who will explore youth savings accounts as a tool for alleviating poverty in the development world. You can join the conversation online using #youthsave and #globaldev and by following @NewAmerica and @globalassetsna.

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Books

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article | October 02, 2014
Starving Ideas

Starving Ideas

Neal Stephenson

Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.

article | October 01, 2014 | Open Technology Institute

Reply Comments on Further Changes to the E-rate Program

Joint Recommendations from the Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program on E-rate Modernization

Danielle Kehl, Sarah Morris

Yesterday, New America’s Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments with Common Cause to the FCC in the E-rate modernization docket, urging the FCC to make additional changes to support investment in scalable fiber infrastructure and ensure that E-rate is on stable financial footing for the long term.

policy paper | September 30, 2014 | Education Policy
Chaos for Dual Language Learners

Chaos for Dual Language Learners

Linguistic diversity is increasing among American K-12 students but policies for dual language learners aren’t keeping pace with the demographic shifts in our schools. Policies vary incoherently from state to state and worse, almost none follow the latest science on how young children learn a second language. The Weekly Wonk spotlights the findings of New America senior researcher Conor P. Williams, who weighs in on the realities and ramifications of this chaos.