HB 1783 creates the K-12 dual language expansion grant program dedicated to dual language instruction. The bill directs OSPI to administer the program and establishes that the grant period is 2 years. Grants to districts with dual language programming for English language learners and migrant students that support instruction in the students’ native language will be prioritized.
Additionally, the dual language teacher pipeline scholarship program is created to build capacity for bilingual and dual language programming. And, the early learning bilingual and dual language grant program is also created to provide the technical and financial support needed to increase bilingual and dual language instruction in early learning settings where there are a high number of English language learners; and create a statewide strategy for increasing bilingual education among providers enrolled in the early achievers quality rating and improvement system.
By Nov. 1, 2017, OSPI, the Dept. of Early Learning, and the professional Educators Standards Board shall submit a combined report to the legislature that includes information on grants awarded, student outcome data, and the number of scholarships funded and the demographic data on the participants.