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SPRINGFIELD—[/b]Chicago Public Schools is partnering with the state on a new $2.1 million federal program designed to add 250 bilingual teachers over the next five years. Recent college graduates who are fluent in English, have a bachelor’s degree and can pass a proficiency test in one of 14 languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese) can apply. Participants will work as bilingual teachers in CPS for three years, while studying to earn their teaching credentials and a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University. The coursework is expected to take about two and a half years, says Robin Lisboa, division administrator for English-language learning at the Illinois State Board of Education. Courses will be held in Chicago.