Judge approves Denver Public Schools bilingual education plan

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DENVER — Judge Richard Matsch Monday approved changes to a consent decree for Denver Public Schools that will establish new rules for bilingual education classes for the district’s 36,000 students who do not speak English.

Nearly 90 percent of those students are Latinos.

The new accord mandates that all DPS schools offer bilingual classes, asks for adequate training for teachers and principals for this task, awards rights to parents and establishes a system to monitor students’ progress.

The modifications will take effect in stages over the next three years.

The existing consent decree, last modified in 1999, set an expectation that English language learners become proficient in English within three years; the changes adopted Monday are designed to guide educators and students toward better meeting that goal.

“The effectiveness of the program will depend on it’s implementation,” said Matsch.

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