Utah’s state board of education is asking for funding to strengthen the teaching of indigenous languages in schools serving Native American children, according to this Deseret News article. Proponents of the plan, which would affect the San Juan and Uintah school districts, say that helping students become proficient in their native languages would help to improve their English reading achievement as well.
The article points to data from a pilot program in the San Juan district.
There are some interesting comments from readers weighing in on whether the plan would be a good use of scarce education dollars.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.