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This project analyzes which Hartford elementary schools currently have bilingual programs. There is a necessity to see the evolution of bilingual programs over the recent years. To gain a better understanding of how many students are learning English as a second language, I examined individual school reports between 2017 and 2018. Also, I analyzed the demographics of seven Hartford schools to determine why these schools have bilingual programs. Furthermore, I interviewed two officials from the Department of Education to understand the condition and background of this program in the state. Two key findings were that there are two different bilingual education practices within the Hartford Public Schools: transitional bilingual programs and dual language programs. Overall, these two bilingual programs differ in their purpose, duration and how much funding and resources they receive each year.


Community partner: Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez