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Bilingual teachers in demand under new state law

 By Rachel Buller/For CU-CitizenAccess – When Lily Jimenez arrives at her classroom each morning, she begins the day by switching over her calendar to the correct day of the week – in Spanish. At 9 a.m. on the dot, a dozen or so students trickle into the room, most toting backpacks bigger than they are. 

“Lunes, martes, miercoles, jueves,” the students start to sing in unison. Switching effortlessly between Spanish and English, Jimenez leads them in the song’s English counterpart. “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…” 

File photo/A.M.Cole/Brian, a third grader in Lena Sacco's bilingual class, writes down observations he made during their science lesson on May 12, 2010.

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