89.1205 REQUIRED BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

(a)  Each school district that has an enrollment of 20 or more English language learners in any language classification in the same grade level district-wide shall offer a bilingual education program as described in subsection (b) of this section for the English language learners in prekindergarten through the elementary grades who speak that language. "Elementary grades" shall include at least prekindergarten through Grade 5; sixth grade shall be included when clustered with elementary grades.

(b)  A school district shall provide a bilingual education program by offering dual language instruction in prekindergarten through the elementary grades, using one of the four bilingual program models described in §89.1210 of this title (relating to Program Content and Design).

(c)  School districts are authorized to establish a bilingual education program at grade levels in which the bilingual education program is not required under subsection (a) of this section.

(d)  All English language learners for whom a school district is not required to offer a bilingual education program shall be provided an English as a second language program as described in subsection (e) of this section, regardless of the students' grade levels and home language, and regardless of the number of such students.

(e)  A school district shall provide English as a second language instruction by offering an English as a second language program using one of the two models described in §89.1210 of this title.

(f)  School districts may join with other school districts to provide bilingual education or English as a second language programs.

Source: The provisions of this §89.1205 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5700; amended to be effective March 5, 1999, 24 TexReg 1383; amended to be effective April 18, 2002, 27 TexReg 3107; amended to be effective September 17, 2007, 32 TexReg 6311; amended to be effective May 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 3822.

 

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