Your help is needed in convincing members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to allow AB 2514 (Thurmond) Dual Language Grant Programs to continue its way through the legislative process!
AB 2514 (Thurmond) proposes to provide up to $300,000 in grant funding to eligible schools, county offices of education and consortia so they can either expand or initiate new dual language immersion or developmental bilingual programs. What’s exciting about this bill is that grant funding would also be given to eligible schools, county offices of education, or consortia interested in establishing bilingual programs for their dual language learners in pre-schools!
The problem is that specific funding for this grant program was not provided for in the 2018-2019 State Budget. HOWEVER, moving AB 2514 through the legislative process will allow us to pursue funding next year in the 2019-2020 state budget because the bill is very clear in stating that its provisions will not be implemented if there is no funding appropriated for its provisions.
Letters must be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee to convince them that the public and members of the education community seek the legislature’s support in keeping the promise of Proposition 58, promoting and supporting dual language immersion and developmental bilingual programs by removing AB 2514 (Thurmond) off the “Suspense File” so it can continue its way through the legislative process.