“Bilingual education is coming closer to fulfilling what arguably should have been its primary mission all along: helping non-native speakers become proficient in English while also preserving—and strengthening—their first languages.”—Slate.com

Across the country, there has been a surging interest in dual language programs in schools—programs in which students can learn both English and Spanish.

Slate.com quotes WestEd’s Robert Linquanti, who says the surging interest in dual language schools has, somewhat coincidentally, contributed to a “linguistic recuperation for Hispanic families,” who are now more valued for their knowledge of Spanish than in prior generations.

Linquanti is the Project Director for WestEd’s English Language Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support project.

Read the Slate.com article.