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Teachers, parents protest end of bilingual program

from The Boston Globe

As the state moves to take over the Dever Elementary School in Dorchester, many teachers and parents are protesting a plan to scrap a popular program that aims to make students fluent in both English and Spanish. State officials say the dual-language program played a major role in the Dever's persistently low test scores that caused it to slide into receivership and they believe that an English-only approach to instruction is the best way to boost achievement. The recommendation delivers a setback for the Boston school system as it prepares a major expansion of dual-language schools to accommodate demand by families who are either native speakers of English or another language. It also is rekindling a debate about the extent to which a language other than English should be used in the teaching of math, science and other academic subjects. more

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