The Bilingual Education Act of 1968

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The Bilingual Education Act of 1968

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Where & When:

It was introduced in 1967 by Texas senator Ralph Yarborough and was later signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 2, 1968. It was the first federal legislation signed into law in the 1968 calendar year.

At first, Title VII was seen as a way to try and solve the civil rights violations. Although, it also began the process of formally recognizing that groups of different nationality could seek different services for reasons other than segregation or racial discrimination. More significantly, it encouraged instruction in a language other than English as well as cultural awareness.

Was originally intended for spanish speaking students, but it was merged into the all encompassing Bilingual Education Act.

The Bilingual Education Act of 1968Aslo known as:Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Then & Now:

In the first year, the act act provided funding for 76 bilingual Education programs and served students who spoke 14 different languages.This was the first time U.S. Congress had endorsed funding for Bilingual Education. Today, the bilingual education act obtains $10 billion annually in funding and accommodates a vast collection of immigrant groups, the largest being Hispanics.


Although this bill was limited to Spanish-speaking students, it led to the introduction of 37 other bills which were merged into a single measure known as Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or the Bilingual Education Act, which was enacted in 1968.


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