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Thu August 9, 2012
New Law Requires Bilingual Education Programs
A bill requiring an Illinois panel to evaluate the state's bilingual education programs is now law.
Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday mandating the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education examine bilingual programs and their success. Quinn says the state has almost two million students, right now, boys and girls in grammar school and high school and for about 10 percent of them, English is not their first language. The Illinois State Board of Education says there are more than 180,000 students in Illinois whose first language isn't English. The council, which was first created in 1992, must present a report to lawmakers and state education officials by the start of next year.