Dual language immersion; biliteracy.

Authors: Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator Timothy Lanane

Co-authors: Senator Earline Rogers, Senator Mark Stoops, Senator James Tomes, Senator Lonnie Randolph

Sponsors: Representative Robert Behning

Co-Sponsors: Representative Terri Jo Austin, Representative Linda Lawson, Representative Justin Moed, Representative Peggy Mayfield

Advisors: Senator James Tomes, Senator Frank Mrvan

Digest

Establishes the dual language immersion pilot program to provide grants to school corporations and charter schools that establish dual language immersion programs in certain foreign languages. Creates the state certificate of biliteracy. Requires that the appropriate designation appear on the student's transcript. Requires the state board of education to adopt rules and to direct the department of education to administer the state biliteracy program. Provides that a school corporation, a charter school, or a nonpublic high school is not required to participate in the biliteracy program.