Calif. voters repeal English immersion, hurt students

Monday, November 14, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Hispanic children in lineAn attorney specializing in civil rights predicts that there will be trouble ahead for California students after the state’s voters repealed a law last week that limited bilingual education in public schools.

The Golden State’s Proposition 58 was passed in 1998 and required public schools to use English immersion for most students who were not fluent in the language.

Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus maintains that the repeal will disadvantage those students who benefited from the law.

"In California, test scores have shown an incredible advancement and increase in academic performance from students who were able to take part in the state’s English immersion program. Over time, this will unfortunately be a major setback for students who can no longer take advantage of English immersion."

Dacus says there were many Latino parents in the state who were against repealing the law.

"So many in the Latino community specifically were actually against this new measure because it will, in the long run, probably hamper their students' ability to be able to develop the same proficiency in English – and the same opportunity that goes along with that proficiency."

Supporters of the repeal claimed that the old law was racist and that students learning in two languages will be better prepared for work in a global economy.

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