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March 8, 2012

Dual-immersion plans in jeopardy

4:58 PM, Mar. 6, 2012  |

Kindergarten students at Hurricane Elementary School participate in an art lesson with the school's arts and humanities teacher, Roma Hastings on Jan. 31. This year's kindergarten class at Hurricane Elementary was planned to be the first class to begin a Spanish language dual-immersion program when they enter first grade next fall.

Kindergarten students at Hurricane Elementary School participate in an art lesson with the school’s arts and humanities teacher, Roma Hastings on Jan. 31. This year’s kindergarten class at Hurricane Elementary was planned to be the first class to begin a Spanish language dual-immersion program when they enter first grade next fall. / Jud Burkett / The Spectrum

ST. GEORGE — Washington County could lose several of its planned dual-immersion language offerings if the Utah Legislature fails to fund the program, Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, said Tuesday.

Five of 23 proposed new dual-language programs proposed for next year would be in Washington County schools, and one would be in the Iron County School District, but the item was not high enough on the list of funding requests to make it onto the budget proposed by the Executive Appropriations Subcommittee as of Tuesday.

“It’s not that people aren’t interested in it, it’s just that people are committed to other things,” Stephenson said, adding that dual immersion needs a minimum of $800,000 or it would face cancellations.

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