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As the state moves to takeover the Dever Elementary School in Dorchester, many teachers and parents are protesting a plan to scrap a popular program that aims to make students fluent in both English and Spanish.
State officials say the dual-language program played a major role in the Dever’s persistently low test scores that caused it to slide into receivership and believe that an English-only approach to instruction is the best way to boost achievement.
The recommendation delivers a setback for the Boston schools as it prepares a major expansion of dual-language programs to accommodate demand by families who are either native speakers of English or another language. It also is rekindling a debate about whether other languages should be used to teach core academic subjects.