Las Cruces school district wants to boost bilingual programs

November 13, 2019 GMT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico school district is calling on state lawmakers to adopt sound policies and provide adequate funding to help it maintain bilingual and multicultural education programs.

The Las Cruces district made the request Tuesday, while touting the success of its programs.

The district says 85% of its schools have dual language and maintenance programs where students receive instruction in English and Spanish.

District officials say they have been successful with implementing the programs due to support from school leadership, the school board and teachers. They also pointed to their relationship with New Mexico State University, which provides access to a network of expertise.

During the last school year, 99 students graduated high school with a state seal of bilingualism. The district wants to increase that number.