Further signs of the shortage of Spanish bilingual teachers:
From the Scott School principal Thu M Truong (here):
Change to 3rd Grade Spanish Immersion Program
We are moving to a two-teacher instructional model at grade 3 in immersion. In the two-teacher model, students have two teachers; one teacher teaches in English and the other in Spanish. Each teacher spends about half the instructional day with each of two classes (students will switch classrooms.) In third grade, students typically receive 60% of their day in Spanish and 40% of the day in English. Next year, our third graders will instead have equal portions of their day in English and in Spanish (50%/50%.) We are moving to this model due to the shortage of bilingual teachers. This model allows us to staff two classrooms with only one bilingual teacher; the other teacher will be fluent in English only.
The change will allow us to continue our commitment to a 90/10 program model for our students in K-5. While the two-teacher model can present logistical challenges, there is no research that demonstrates that one model is better than the other. This is not a permanent program change and we hope to move back to the 90/10 one teacher model for next year.
Of course, moving back to a 90-10 model at Scott, given a continuing shortage of Spanish bilingual teachers, would mean students at another school wanting a Spanish dual language program would not get one.