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History of US Bilingual Education Legislation

What are the laws and legislation of bilingual education?

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The first state law mandating bilingual education was passed in Ohio in 1939. This law said that German immigrants could enroll their children in schools that provided instruction in both German and English. By the year 1900, a dozen other states had also passed legislation that allowed families to enroll their children in dual-language schools. ("Rethinking Schools Online." Rethinking Schools Online. Web. 20 Sept. 2010. <http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/12_03/langhst.shtml>.)

During the first half of the 20th century, people's attitudes about non-English speakers changed. Many people expected the country to become "Americanized" and had little tolerance for those who could not speak English. In fact during this time, several of the state laws about bilingual education were overturned.

The civil rights movement in the 1960's spurred on a new interest in bilingual education. ...

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A history of the legislation of bilingual education in the United States. Includes the first state to pass a law regarding bilingual education, how the civil rights movement affected bilingual education legislation, and how the "No Child Left Behind" act has changed federal legislation regarding bilingual education.

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