Dallas ISD Makes a Deal for Bilingual Teachers

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The superintendent of Dallas schools says an agreement between the district and Mexico will enable Dallas to hire 40 bilingual teachers from Mexico.

The arrangement calls for the teachers to come next year on three-year work visas.

Michael Hinojosa says the deal with Mexico's education secretary will help fill the district's constant need for bilingual teachers.

The district has 160-thousand students. More than 60 percent are Hispanic, and more than 30 percent are learning English.

Under state law, Spanish-speaking elementary students must be taught by Spanish-speaking teachers.

Hinojosa says Dallas is the first school district in Texas to make such an agreement with Mexico, although some states have done so.