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New state funds, available through The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development grants, are helping more school districts and county offices of education to increase the number of bilingual teachers in the state.
A new state law clarifies that parents enrolled in English as a second language or GED classes can state that as a qualifying reason for state subsidized child care. Previously, some families were deemed ineligible.
A national report examines if states are meeting the needs of dual language learners, who make up nearly one-third of children ages 8 and younger in the U.S. The 30-state analysis highlights policies that affect access and educational opportunities.
The State Board of Education adopted the first new language policy in 20 years — the English Learner Roadmap, an online resource for school districts that will help guide curriculum, instruction and standards for the 1.4 million English learners in the state’s public schools.
An advocacy group for English learners says the $5 million in new state money to train more bilingual teachers is a "first step," and warns that Proposition 58 has worsened a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.