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Every dual language learner/English learner (DLL/EL) in California should receive high-quality instruction and access to a full curriculum from highly-qualified educators with expertise in instruction for English learners from early childhood through post-secondary education. We remain fully committed to improving the preparation, compensation, and support for educators of DLLs/ELs. All certification programs, early childhood through 12th grade, should offer a bilingual option. Ensuring that our schools and districts have the highly-qualified bilingual educators will help meet the needs of ELs across the curriculum and support the expansion of bilingual programs to meet California’s goals towards multilingualism.


State Policy Impact

A one-time funding of $5 million was approved for the Asian Language Bilingual Teacher Education Program Consortium. The funds would be allocated to the the California State University Asian Language Bilingual Teacher Education Program Consortium, an alliance among 10 California State universities that have come together to work to increase the number of accredited bilingual teachers in six Asian current languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Hmong, Korean and Vietnamese. The grant would be allocated over a four-year period.  This consortium will build the infrastructure needed to train, recruit and support aspiring Asian language teachers who are looking to earn the credentials to be able to enter our school as well as providing financial support for the candidates in the program.

Allocates 20 million dollars to reinstate the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program to increase the number of bilingual authorized teachers.

The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) serves to increase the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization. The establishment of BTPDP (2018), and its subsequent reauthorizations (2022), is critical for ensuring students can access educators who speak their home language.