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DPS sets English policy

August 10, 2006
English Language Learners
Nancy Mitchell
Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO

First-ever guidelines issued for teaching Spanish speakers

Denver Public Schools leaders on Wednesday unveiled a policy for teaching English to children who are native Spanish speakers, creating the district’s first guidelines for the instruction of more than 20 percent of its students. The new language allocation policy recommends the number of minutes per school day that students are to be taught in their native language and in English, starting with 30 minutes of English daily for those in half-day preschool and kindergarten classrooms.