Education: Battle Over Bilingualism

As schools reopen, debate rages over the program's usefulness

"Let's go, " the little boy urges, tugging impatiently at his mother's blouse. "Un momenta," she replies, searching the bustling hallway for the bright red T shirt of her other son. "¿Donde esta Miguel?" A moment later, Miguel bursts through the throng of chattering children and appears at his mother's side. "¿Qué vamos supper, Mom ?" he asks. "What's for supper?"

For Miguel, 8, a student at the 91% Mexican American Briscoe Elementary School on Houston's sweltering east side, such easy leaps from language to...

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