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Washington law could expand dual-language programs, if funded

Washington has passed a bill that offers grants to public school districts to expand or create dual-language programs. But the new law has no guaranteed funding.

Students in Yvonne McDaniel's Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participate in English-language exercises during summer school at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.

Washington has passed a bill that offers grants to public school districts to expand or create dual-language programs. But the new law has no guaranteed funding. Because the state legislature remains deadlocked on its 2017-19 budget, the money cannot be injected into the public education system. The bill pledged to provide grants of up to $200,000 for these language programs. (The Seattle Times)

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