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Aug 12, 2014 12:30 PM by Monica Garcia

Se Habla Espanol: Bilingual education expands at TUSD

TUCSON- Your go-to Spanish phrases may no longer be that impressive in the Old Pueblo. That's because bilingual education is becoming more prevalent at a younger age thanks to Tucson Unified School District.

Starting this school year, 10 Kindergarten classes in the district will be taught almost entirely in Spanish.

Under the revamped plan, students will be receiving 90 percent of instruction in Spanish, but that will shift to English each year until they reach the 4th grade, then it's 50/50 until they graduate.

Davis Bilingual Magnet School is serving as a model for the new program. They've been a bilingual elementary school for more than 30 years. According to their Principal Carmen Campuzano, the school is also known for preserving the local Tucson culture.

""It's important to honor our community and to learn to have skills for the 21st century and being bilingual is one of those skills."

For more information on the schools to revamp it's bilingual programs click here.

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