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L.A. Unified is expanding beneficial dual-language programs for preschoolers

L.A. Unified is expanding beneficial dual-language programs for preschoolers

Most of the children in Hillary Erlich’s prekindergarten class speak to her in English.

“I’m done,” one boy in a white sweatshirt announced as he raised his hands from his sponge painting project on a recent morning.

But when she replied in Spanish, he followed her directions.

“OK, ve a lavar[te] las manos,” Erlich said. He ran to the sink to wash his hands.

The children in Erlich’s expanded transitional kindergarten class at Grand View Boulevard Elementary School in Mar Vista are almost all 4 years old. They are the youngest in the Los Angeles Unified School District to be enrolled in a dual-language program.

The district plans to open six or...

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