Educators: Tribal language classes would boost achievement

Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) 2-08

The State Board of Education wants to offer classes in American Indian languages to Utah students.

The board is asking the Legislature for $275,000 to fund the classes, which it says have been shown to reduce the achievement gap between white and American Indian students.

In a San Juan School District pilot program that immersed students in Navajo language classes, scoring differences between different races fell by more than half.

In addition to the language funding, Democratic Sen. Ross Romero of Salt Lake City is requesting $350,000 to partner with KUED on an educational program highlighting Utah’s five tribal nations – Ute, Piute, Shoshone, Goshute and Navajo.

 

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