According to Chapter 89, Subchapter BB, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students, each school district which has an enrollment of 20 or more limited English proficient students in any language classification in the same grade level district-wide shall provide bilingual education and English as a second language programs, as integral parts of the regular program as described in the Texas Education Code, §4.002; in prekindergarten through the elementary grades for students who speak that same language. "Elementary grades" shall include at least prekindergarten through Grade 5; sixth grade shall be included when clustered with elementary grades (subsection §89.1205).
The goal of bilingual education programs shall be to enable limited English proficient students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English. Such programs shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable limited English proficient students to participate equitably in school (§89.1201). Bilingual education and English as a second language programs shall be integral parts of the total school program. Such programs shall use instructional approaches designed to meet the special needs of limited English proficient students. The basic curriculum content of the programs shall be based on the essential skills and knowledge required by the state (Subsection §89.1201).
“Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability, or any other legally protected status in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.”