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Bilingual Education in the South: It Is Happening, Even Here

Unidos Dual Language Charter School in Clayton County, Georgia is in the flight path of Atlanta’s airport. It looks like a growing number of America’s public schools: it’s a little rundown, and its students are brown — a little more than half African-American, just less than half Latino. Ninety percent are on free or reduced lunch.

But what’s happening inside its Pre-K through eighth-grade classes is anything but typical of the US or the South. Basically, Spanish-speaking Latino kids are getting much of their instruction in the language they know, and African-American kids from the neighborhood are picking up a second language.