Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (Credit: Getty Images)

During a visit to Southern California last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed educational needs of the Latino community, calling for more accountability for schools to help English-learning students succeed, guaranteeing immigrant students’ rights and explaining why school officials should embrace and encourage bilingual students.

“A focus around the benefit of having a command of two languages has to be part of that discussion here in California,” DeVos told LA School Report last month in her first interview with California media. She shared that after meeting with English learners in other parts of the country, she heard “they were talking much more about bilingualism and the benefit that holds for young people in their future

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