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Bill in Utah Would Increase Dual-Language Programs

If signed into law, a bill passed in the Utah legislature last week would help create 15 dual-language programs at elementary schools, according to a March 7 article in the Salt Lake Tribune. The programs would teach Chinese, Spanish, French, and Navajo, along with English.

Last summer, the legislature in Texas passed a bill to create a six-year pilot project for dual-language programs in 10 Texas school districts. See "School Districts That Offer Dual-Language Classes Through High School."

In dual-language programs, children who are native speakers of English and children who are native speakers of another language, such as Spanish, learn both languages in the same classes.

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