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Idaho school district considering Spanish-English language program

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, math is taught to high school students during a class at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, math is taught to high school students during a class at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A south-central Idaho school district is considering phasing in a dual-language immersion program.

The Times-News reports that no decision has been made, but officials say the earliest a new program could launch is 2016.

Jerome School District Superintendent Dale Layne says the program would likely start with one or two classes learning English and Spanish throughout their school years. He said parents have expressed interest in the program.

“It makes the most sense in our community” he told the Times-News.

Layne added that it would be a good experience for students, but that school officials are “taking a slow approach and doing some research.”

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“It’s not really something you can jump into,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 34 percent of Jerome County's population is Hispanic or Latino.

Idaho schools don't need state approval for a dual immersion program, but it would need to be passed by the school board.

Currently, six Idaho school districts and one public charter school offer dual-language immersion.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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