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Release: #18-49
July 17, 2018
Contact: Robert Oakes
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Speaks to Bilingual Teachers Event in Tijuana

Tijuana, Mexico —State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson spoke in Tijuana to promote training more bilingual teachers and to showcase cooperation between educators in California and Mexico.

Torlakson kicked off a weeklong, binational event organized by the California Association for Bilingual Education and the Baja Department of Education. Nearly 60 teachers from California and Mexico will participate in a professional development program.

“This is another tremendous example of cooperation among educators across our shared border,” said Torlakson, who previously visited Tijuana and Mexico City to work with Mexican government education officials. “We are continuing to build collaborative relationships with colleagues from Baja California and California.”

California voters in 2016 overwhelmingly approved Proposition 58, which removed outdated restrictions on dual-language immersion programs in public schools. Demand is increasing for bilingual and multilingual teachers.

Torlakson this summer launched his Global California 2030 initiative, which seeks to vastly expand the teaching and learning of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language over the next 12 years. Global California 2030 calls for increasing the number of school dual immersion programs that teach languages besides English from about 400 in 2017 to 1,600 in 2030.

Torlakson also said California and Mexico will keep working together to help the “Students We Share.” Nearly 50,000 U.S. born students are attending school in Baja California and many more thousands of Mexican-born children are enrolled in California schools.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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