Puerto Rico Language Policy Timeline

  • Department of Public Instruction changed Policy of teahing

    Elementary grades will teach all classes in Spanish and English will be a special subject. High School will teach in English and Spanish will be a Special Subject.
  • Spanish is deleted

    English is used as medium of instruction at all levels of the school system.
  • Department of Education

    Department of Education
    Introduced a bill to make the Spanish compulsory as medium of instruction.
  • Spanish or English

    Spanish or English
    Was established that the Spanish were the bond of teaching in grades first through fourth and English were used in half of the subjects in the fifth grade and the other half in Spanish.
  • Spanish

    Use the vernacular as the medium of instruction to ninth grade.
  • Dr. Mariano Villaronga

    He ended the lengthy discussion of bilingualism decreeing the vernacular(Spanish) at all levels of the public school from school year 1949-1950.
  • Bilingual Education

    Congress USA projects authorized bilingual education in PR have the focus to learning Spanish.
  • Carlos Romero Barceló

    Carlos Romero Barceló
    He signed the Bilingual Education Certification but that is not implemented.

    Programs are created to meet the educational needs in terms of linguistic limitations