BERWYN, IL. – Legislation championed by state Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid, D-Bridgeview, to ensure Illinois develops a blueprint to expand high-quality dual language programs in our public schools is now law.
“As someone who grew up in a multilingual household, I understand that bilingualism is an incredibly enriching asset,” Rashid said. “This bill will help build a path to expand dual language programs, which improve academic achievement and enhance cultural preservation.”
Rashid introduced House Bill 3822, which requires the state to develop a comprehensive report to support the development and expansion of dual language programs. This plan will include developing a strategic plan for scaling dual language programs, identifying funding opportunities, addressing the recruitment and retention of bilingual qualified teachers, and developing standards for measuring student progress in dual language programs.
The passage of this bill represents an important step forward for bilingual education in the state. House Bill 3822 was signed by Governor Pritzker on Friday after receiving strong bipartisan support during this year’s spring legislative session.