Proposition 58: Preserves English Language Proficiency In Public Schools

STORYEasier Access For Bilingual Education In Public Schools?

(The information below was taken from the California Secretary of State’s website.)

Analysis | Arguments & Rebuttals | Text of Proposed Law (PDF)

SUMMARY
Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual–language immersion programs for both native and non–native English speakers. Fiscal Impact: No notable fiscal effect on school districts or state government.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS
A YES vote on this measure means: Public schools could more easily choose how to teach English learners, whether in English–only, bilingual, or other types of programs.

A NO vote on this measure means: Public schools would still be required to teach most English learners in English–only programs.

ARGUMENTS

PRO Teachers, parents, school principals, local school board members, and Governor Jerry Brown support Proposition 58 to help students learn English as quickly as possible and expand opportunities for English speakers to master a second language. Proposition 58 gives school districts local control to choose the most effective instruction methods for their students.

CON Prop. 58 is not about modernizing the way we teach English. It’s about eliminating parental rights to an English–language education for their children. English–language success has been spectacular. Immigrant children are learning English faster than ever before and record numbers of immigrant students are gaining admission to our universities.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOR
Lisa Gasperoni
Yes on 58—Californians for English Proficiency sponsored by the California State Council of Service Employees
1510 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 668-9103
info@SupportProp58.com
www.SupportProp58.com

AGAINST
www.KeepEnglish.org

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