Law rewards bilingual Colorado students

By Joey Bunch

COLORADO POLITICS

A new law will reward bilingual high school students, if they prove they can speak, understand and write a second language in addition to English, a move heartily endorsed by business and education groups.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed theĀ Senate Bill 123 Thursday to making Colorado the 25th state to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy for high school diplomas.

Senate Bill 123 was co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Priola of Henderson and Democratic Sen. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada. In the House it was sponsored by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Jim Wilson, R-Salida.

The voluntary program takes effect for the next school year.

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