Bethel schools get $1.5M language proficiency grant

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A Bethel school district is one of several school districts across the nation that has received federal funds to improve the language proficiency of Alaska Native students in both English and their native languages.

    KYUK-AM reports the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $15 million in grants to ten school districts across the country. Bethel's Lower Kuskokwim School District has received $1.5 million in funding.

    Assistant Superintendent Carlton Kuhns says the money will support the district's dual language program for elementary school students learning Yup'ik and Cup'ik languages.

    The district will work on the project with a Wisconsin-based organization that specializes in language development for culturally diverse students.

    The national language proficiency grants are expected to help around 8,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students.

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