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Bilingual certificates proposed for Oklahoma diplomas

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma organization is proposing the state add a bilingual certification on diplomas given to high school graduates who speak more than one language.

Thirty-two states include a Seal of Biliteracy on a student's diploma or transcript, confirming the graduate is proficient in English and at least one other language.

Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education president Taylor Tribble told The Oklahoman that he's working with state Department of Education officials to clarify the requirements and to ensure that Native American languages are included. He hopes a proposal is brought before the state Board of Education soon.

Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City recently awarded 26 graduates a Seal of Biliteracy as part of a pilot program.

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