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Report Due on School Bilingual Program

Changes in the bilingual education curriculum last year in the Anaheim Union High School District will be evaluated in a report to trustees today.

The board asked the district’s staff to focus on intensive language instruction for nearly 8,800 students with limited English skills, Trustee Harald Martin said.

Officials’ hope was that the curriculum, which may devote as much as half of each school day to language instruction, would help the students to speak fluent English faster the previous system.

“This is an update on how things are going,” said Martin, who plans to discuss further curriculum changes at the meeting. “We’re expecting a good report.”

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Before the new program began, many students with limited English were in special education classes until they developed their language skills, Martin said.

The trustees’ goal, however, is to move students into mainstream classes as quickly as possible, he said.

Among other revisions to the district’s curriculum is an increased emphasis on writing skills, said Carol Stuart, director of special programs.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the district office, 501 Crescent Way. Information: (714) 999-3511.

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