has a nation-leading language immersion program. Iheard from several parents and district representatives who claim that this program (and others like it around the state) is in jeopardy becauseof the strict requirements placed on the teachers. These teachers, whoare recruited from their native countries to teach our immersionstudents in their native language, are forced to pass a rigorous test inEnglish. Their classroom language expectations demand little English.Yet we place the burdensome requirement on them to pass a test in alanguage they have yet to master.These immersionprograms are showingmuch promise for younglearners across the state. It is reported that studentsinvolved in immersionprograms are leading theirclassmates in Math,English, and other subjectsas well. The bill that Rep.Selcer and I put forwardgives immersion teachersan additional 36 months topass the test; it is reportedin the education community that ESL (English as a second language)students take seven years to master English. I am proud to say that thisbill passed through the Education Policy committee without debate andwill be heard on the floor for the entire Senate body to vote on. Staytuned for further updates.
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Senator Bonoff was joined by a constituent by a parent with students inMinnetonka’s Language Immersion program to testify in favor of givingImmersion teachers an additional 36 months to pass the Basic Skills test requirement for Minnesota teachers.