Language programs help students make academic progress

04/4/2010 | Monterey County Herald (Calif.), The

In a California school district on the U.S.-Mexico border where more than a third of students are English language learners, officials say the decision to maintain bilingual and dual immersion programs -- despite a 1998 law requiring all public school instruction to be in English unless parents sign waivers -- has helped students make academic gains. "A lot of districts quickly abandoned bilingual education, and we did not," the district's superintendent said. "We believe language is a gift, and to throw away a gift is a terrible thing. ... A lot of kids went straight into English immersion, but no one size fits all now."

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