Status Summary

Passed out of the House. Passed out of the Senate on Apr 12. House concurred in Senate amendments on Apr 18. Governor signed on May 8. Effective date is 7/23/17.

Legislative Session

2017

Status

Passed

Sponsor

Ortiz-Self

This bill would create the K-12 dual language grant program to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in the common schools and in state-tribal compact schools. 

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop and administer the grant program and by October 1, 2017, the office of the superintendent of public instruction must award ten grants of up to $200,000 each to school districts or state-tribal compact schools interested in: (a) establishing a two-way dual language  program or a one-way dual language program in a school with predominantly English language learners; or (b) expanding a recently established two-way dual language program or a one-way dual language program in a school with predominantly English language learners

(2) Within existing resources, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall facilitate dual language learning cohorts for school districts and state-tribal compact schools establishing or expanding dual language programs.

(3) The grow your own bilingual educator grant program is created to support and recruit a pipeline of talented teachers who can diversify the educator workforce and fill the bilingual teacher shortage. The professional educator standards board shall develop and administer the grant program and by September 1, 2017, the professional educator standards board must award ten grants of up to $100,000 each to school districts or state-tribal compact schools interested in supporting and recruiting community members to become bilingual teachers.

(4) Creates the early learning dual language grant program to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in the early childhood education and assistance program in order to better meet the needs of English language learner students. Requires the department of early learning to develop and administer the grant program.