The LA Times provides coverage of the growing popularity of bilingual education programs–among the parents of native English speakers even. Happy news, especially if this is a real trend. 🙂
This story is also good news in that it cites important linguistic researchers–including that by Claude Goldenberg (Stanford) and Katheryn Lindholm-Leary (San Jose University). Linguists have tried for many years to convince people that bilingualism is actually good for achievement, and that many of the problems we see among low-achieving bilinguals stems from the fact that that first language literacy skills are critical to second language literacy skills (meaning that more bilingualism, not less, is the solution).