As used in the Bilingual Multicultural Education Act, Section 22-23-1 NMSA 1978:

A. "bilingual multicultural education program" means a program using two languages, including English and the home or heritage language, as a medium of instruction in the teaching and learning process;
B. "culturally and linguistically different" means students who are of a different cultural background than mainstream United States culture and whose home or heritage language, inherited from the student's family, tribe or country of origin, is a language other than English;
C. "district" means a public school or any combination of public schools in a district;
D. "English language learner" means a student whose first or heritage language is not English and who is unable to read, write, speak or understand English at a level comparable to grade-level English proficient peers and native English speakers;
E. "heritage language" means a language other than English that is inherited from a family, tribe, community or country of origin;
F. "home language" means a language other than English that is the primary or heritage language spoken at home or in the community;
G. "school board" means a local school board; and
H. "standardized curriculum" means a district curriculum that is aligned with the state academic content standards, benchmarks and performance standards.


N.M. Code R. § NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 11-30-05, Adopted by New Mexico Register, Volume XXIX, Issue 06, March 27, 2018, eff. 7/1/2018

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