April 22, 2012

Colorado Governor Signs Indigenous Language Bill

From http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20120417/NEWS01/704179919

Indigenous language bill signed
Rep. Brown’s bill will help bring native speakers to classes
By Joe Hanel
April 16, 2012

Schools can say “ya’ah’tee” to a new bunch of potential Native American language teachers, thanks to a bill Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Monday.

Senate Bill 57 allows schools to hire indigenous language teachers even if the teachers aren’t certified educators. The language instructors would have to work with a certified teacher.

Schools in Southwest Colorado could use the bill to hire Ute and Navajo language teachers, Brown said.

Read the full article at http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20120417/NEWS01/704179919

Read a related article at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/17/native-languages-go-international-108762

Read a related blog post here: http://falmouthinstitute.com/language/2012/04/colorado-makes-teaching-native-languages-in-schools-easier

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