Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and college admissions — n...

Virtual learning sites sprout up to help working parents

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A dance studio in Florida. A martial arts center in Missouri. Libraries in San Francisco. These and other places are taking on a somewhat unlikely new role this fall — welcoming c...

Iowa in Focus: Democrats open 2020 with hope, anxiety

Hopeful but also afraid. Uncertain but still focused. Iowa's Democrats will arrive at their 2020 kickoff caucuses on Monday with a mix of emotions and one urgent mission: voting President Donald Trump...

Houston writer Bryan Washington to receive Gaines award

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — His path to writing was not straightforward, but Bryan Washington says he's grateful to have found his way. “I really fell into this,” Washington said in a recent ...

100s of accused priests living under radar with no oversight

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious auth...

Philippines envoy writes letter to Taiwan mayor about discriminatory remark

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Philippines’ representative in Taiwan wrote a letter to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) expressing his deep regret about the latter’s use of the term &ldq...

Taiwan plans to have 5,000 English teachers trained by 2030

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- To achieve former Premier William Lai's (賴清德) plan to make Taiwan a Chinese-English bilingual country by the year 2030, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is planning to train...

87% of Taiwanese support making English the second official language: survey

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As high as 87 percent of respondents support making English as a second official language for Taiwan, according to a survey conducted by The Professor Huang Kun-huei Educa...

70% of Taiwan govt. websites to be bilingual in 1 year, tests to have English versions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As part of its plan to make Taiwan a bilingual country by 2030, the government announced yesterday that 70 percent of government websites will have English versions within one ...

Taiwan's English proficiency ranking drops to 48th in world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's English proficiency remains rated at "low" and its ranking in English First's (EF's) global English Proficiency Index (EPI) for 2018 has dropped ...

Taiwan to become a bilingual country by 2030: NDC proposal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following a recent plan to designate English as Taiwan's official second language, the National Development Council (NDC) on Nov. 7 announced a plan for turning the co...

Taiwan to increase hours of English taught in schools, 4,600 new foreign teachers needed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) last week announced plans to both increase the number of hours of English taught starting in third grade, raise the number of bilingual classes...

IELTS bows to Beijing by posting 'Taiwan, China' on English testing site

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On Friday (Oct. 5), multiple Taiwanese media outlets reported that International English Language Testing System (IELTS) changed its online reference from Taiwan to "Taiwa...

53% of respondents support making English Taiwan's second official language

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Over half of respondents of a survey implemented in September said that they support making English an official second language of Taiwan as a means to improve the English lang...

Taiwan Premier considers English lessons in kindergarten

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Amid his efforts to turn Taiwan into a bilingual country, Premier William Lai (賴清德) was considering ending the ban on teaching English in kindergarten, a government spokesperson...