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    State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to Join Senator Monique Limón for Press Conference to Support SB 952 at Dual-Language Immersion Program in Oxnard School District

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    OXNARD—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will join California State Senator Monique Limón on Tuesday, April 12, at Juan Soria Elementary School in Oxnard for a press conference to urge support of Senate Bill (SB) 952, which provides additional funding to expand the number of schoolwide dual-language immersion (DLI) programs in California.

    Bilingualism/biliteracy and multiculturalism are tremendous assets to both individuals and our society. DLI schools are proven to promote strong academic performance among students from all backgrounds and are a way public schools experiencing declining enrollment can attract and retain students.

    As part of the day’s visit, Superintendent Thurmond and Senator Limón will first visit with sixth-grade students enrolled in the DLI program since kindergarten to talk about the importance of biliteracy to them and their families. Superintendent Thurmond and Senator Limón will then be joined by Martha Hernandez, Executive Director, Californians Together, and Dr. Marlene Batista, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Board Member and Director of Certificated Human Resources at Oxnard School District, also co-sponsors of SB 952, for a press conference. There will be an opportunity for questions from the media immediately following remarks.

    Superintendent Thurmond and partners are redoubling efforts to help students recover and expand literacy skills amidst national reports showing declines in student reading levels during the pandemic. SB 952 recently passed unanimously out of Senate Education and goes next to Appropriations Committee.

    The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website. You may also follow Superintendent Thurmond on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

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