By Oliveira H.C.R. No. 271 Line and page numbers may not match official copy. Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1-1 WHEREAS, International issues and events are increasingly 1-2 affecting the daily lives of our state's citizens; and 1-3 WHEREAS, Economic competitiveness is enhanced if citizens are 1-4 fluent in both English and another language; and 1-5 WHEREAS, A global economy necessitates knowledge of the 1-6 cultures and customs of others; and 1-7 WHEREAS, The population of the State of Texas is ever 1-8 increasing in size and diversity; and 1-9 WHEREAS, The State of Texas can capitalize on the cultural 1-10 richness that this diversity provides; and 1-11 WHEREAS, The State of Texas has well-established bilingual 1-12 programs already in the public education system; and 1-13 WHEREAS, Dual language bilingual programs integrate native 1-14 English speakers and language-minority students for academic 1-15 instruction; and 1-16 WHEREAS, Dual language bilingual programs create an additive 1-17 bilingual environment for all students in which the first language 1-18 is maintained while the second language is acquired; and 1-19 WHEREAS, Dual language bilingual programs promote bilingual 1-20 proficiency, cross-cultural awareness, and high academic 1-21 achievement in all students; and 1-22 WHEREAS, Dual language bilingual programs will prepare our 1-23 students academically and linguistically to be multi-literate 2-1 citizens in an international community as they master 2-2 "English-Plus" another language; and 2-3 WHEREAS, The workforce of tomorrow must meet the demands of a 2-4 global economy; now, therefore, be it 2-5 RESOLVED, That the 77th Legislature of the State of Texas 2-6 hereby encourage school districts to develop and implement dual 2-7 language bilingual programs in which students may participate 2-8 throughout their education; and, be it further 2-9 RESOLVED, That the State of Texas work toward the worthy goal 2-10 of ensuring that someday every Texas student will master 2-11 "English-Plus" another language; and, be it further 2-12 RESOLVED, That the secretary of state forward official copies 2-13 of this resolution to the commission of education and the State 2-14 Board of Education and direct them to share its contents with 2-15 superintendents and Regional Education Service Centers.