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Bilingual Charter Schools

A bilingual charter school is an independently operated public school that uses two or more languages for instruction. Charter schools differ from traditional public schools because they are schools of choice that receive public funds based on the number of students they enroll. Because charter schools operate autonomously, each school community decides how best to define and implement its bilingual program. According to the National Charter School Directory from the Center for Education Reform, most bilingual charter schools implement dual language programs. Dual language is an umbrella term that includes two-way immersion (TWI) programs, developmental bilingual programs, foreign language immersion, and heritage language programs. The defining factor in these bilingual charter schools is the use of a partner language in addition to English to teach ...

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