STATEHOUSE — This week, legislation sponsored by State Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), which created a Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program, was ceremonially signed into law by the governor. Since this law went into effect, five schools have received grants to begin their own programs.
“Whether they are attending college or entering the workforce, dual language programs have been proven to better prepare students for the future. Additionally, what we have seen in similar programs across the nation is that, along with learning another language, other subject areas improve as well,” said Rep. Behning.
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 267 established a Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program. A student who is enrolled in one of these programs will spend half of their day being taught in English, while the other half of the day will be spent learning in their targeted language.
Batesville Primary, Poston Road Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Pleasant Run Elementary and Eisenhower Elementary have all received grants to implement the pilot program in the 2015-2016 school year.
Along with establishing these programs, this legislation also creates the State Certificate of Biliteracy, allowing students to receive this certification on their transcripts.
“By providing Hoosier students the opportunity to receive additional certification, we are not only giving them an advantage in college, but also setting them up for success later in life,” said Rep. Behning.
For more information on SEA 267, please visit iga.in.gov.