Thurmond’s Dual Language Immersion Expansion Bill Passes Assembly

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SACRAMENTO – AB 2514, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), supports the creation and expansion of dual language immersion programs. The bill passed out of the Assembly with bipartisan support.

“As our state becomes more diverse, the need to teach dual language immersion programs increases,” Thurmond said. “Almost a quarter of our public school students are English Learners. Pupils that are enrolled in dual language programs have positive outcomes. They perform better academically, gain more confidence, and possess greater cultural awareness.”

There are over 1.3 million English Learners (EL) in California. These students often face language barriers, requiring services tailored to their needs. EL students benefit from dual language instruction that helps them learn in both English and their native language.

AB 2514 establishes the Pathways to Success Incentive Program, to be administered by the California Department of Education.  The three-year program will annually award grants of up to $300,000 to LEAs to assist in establishing or expanding dual language immersion programs, developmental programs for ELs, or establishing early learning dual language learner programs.

The California Association for Bilingual Education and Californians Together are the co-sponsors of this bill. The California School Boards Association, California Language Teachers Association, and the AVID Center are also in support of this bill.