Celebrating ‘biliteracy’ and bipartisanship…all in one bill
By Dan Njegomir
Even as the country’s newly minted Republican president mulls plans for building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, Republicans in Colorado’s legislature, joined by their Democratic colleagues across the aisle, are going global. At least, when it comes to the language arts.
Senate Bill 123, introduced into the upper chamber by Democratic Sen. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada and Republican Sen. Kevin Priola of Brighton, would “grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy” to every Colorado high schooler who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language by graduation. The bipartisan proposal picked up a bipartisan endorsement when it made its debut in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday, winning approval 6-1.