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Gov. Charlie Baker signs law ending English only teaching

Law allows schools to teach students in their native language

November 23, 2017 - 7:27 am

A new law will allow Massachusetts schools to teach academic subjects in a student’s native language. Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law Wednesday.

Voters decided 15 years ago to eliminate bilingual education in public schools.

The new law still allows schools to provide English-only classes. The legislation is designed to give school districts more flexibility to serve their students.

The Governor said in a statement, “this legislation preserves an existing approach that works well for many students while providing school districts with the opportunity to adopt alternative, credible ways to teach English that may be more beneficial for certain students.”

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