One of the obstacles to finding and keeping good bilingual dual language immersion teachers has been the testing requirements in English. Those requirements, although administered by the states, have roots in the "highly qualified teacher" requirements of federal law. Those federal "highly qualified teacher" requirements may soon disappear, permitting Oregon, through the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission, to adopt different requirements, especially for dual language immersion teachers.
Both houses of Congress have now passed revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), whose current form is called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The House passed their proposed revision, the Student Success Act, by a vote of 218-213 on 7/8/15. The Senate passed their proposed revisions, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17 on 7/16/15. Both bills would eliminate the highly qualified teachers requirements. A conference committee representing both houses will meet to iron out their differences and craft a bill that will then be presented for a vote in both houses. We will see if a final bill can pass both houses.