Illinois Governor Strengthens Bilingual Education
In 2010 Illinois became the first state to require bilingual preschool programs. Now, a new law requires the state’s Advisory Council to evaluate the success of bilingual programs and explore the benefits and possibilities of “parent academies,” an initiative to increase the participation of parents whose first language is not English in the lives of their students.
“Understanding that language is really the window to understanding another culture,” said Governor Pat Quinn after signing the legislation at Chicago’s Inter-American Magnet School. ”We do not want to be tongue-tied americans, we want to make sure we understand language as much as we can, not only the English language, but the Spanish language.”