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How accountability shaped New York City's dual language push

from New American

Recently, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that New York City will add 68 bilingual programs next year. With at least one new program in each borough, the move will expand K-12 instruction in Chinese, Russian, Arabic, French, Bengali, Spanish and, for the first time, Urdu. By many accounts, New York City is marching ahead with the drumbeat of dual language advocates: English learners' bilingualism is an asset, not a deficit. Research suggests that educating English learners bilingually can offer unique cognitive, socioemotional, and cultural benefits while closing academic achievement gaps in English. more

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