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The Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education - September 2000

Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs

OBEMLA Web Page Mailing Address:
   OBEMLA
   U.S. Department of Education
   330 C Street, SW, 5th Floor
   Washington, DC 20202-6510

Established in 1974 by Congress, the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (OBEMLA) helps school districts meet their responsibility to provide equal education opportunities to limited English proficient (LEP) children.

A well-designed, instructional program?using a student's native language (to varying degrees) and designed and implemented at the local level?can be very effective in promoting English proficiency and subject area competence. Bilingual education programs aim to accomplish the following:

The programs described below are administered by OBEMLA.

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