As the number of Hispanic students enrolled in U.S. schools continues to rise, creating new challenges for educators, one of the nation's largest education publishers has stepped forward to sponsor a new council dedicated to helping school teachers meet the unique needs of English-language learners (ELLs).

Pearson Education unveiled the initiative, dubbed the Hispanic Leadership Council on Education, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., last month. Organizers say the council, composed of 17 school district leaders with Hispanic ancestry, is intended to serve as a platform for addressing the diverse needs of the nation's Hispanic student population--a


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