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Bilingual Mandate Challenges Chicago’s Public Preschools

November 29, 2010
English Language LearnersState & Local
Mary Ann Zehr
Education Week

Administrators in the Chicago public schools are seeking to strike the right balance between providing guidance and permitting flexibility as they put in place the nation’s first state mandate for providing bilingual education to preschoolers. New rules approved by the Illinois state board of education in June flesh out a January 2009 change that essentially extends the same requirements for educating English-language learners in K-12 public schools to 3- and 4-year-olds in public preschool centers.