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Utah’s Bilingual Boon: A red state embraces linguistic diversity

by Susan Eaton
Heber City, Park City and Kamas, Utah

“I was not sure what to expect but I really love it here,” says first-grade teacher Letecia Heredia, who came to rural Kamas, Utah from the city of Cuernavaca, in central Mexico. “You know that children and families have left Mexico and come to the United States and so to come here and see that people want that culture, that they want to learn and that I can help the Spanish-speaking students keep their language and I can share with American students is really great for me.”

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Documents, Links and Related News

Utah State Office of Education: Dual Immersion Programs
CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition) Research Brief
International Education in Utah
Heber Valley Elementary School
South Summit School District in Kamas, Utah
Immigration Policy Center: Immigration Trends in Utah