Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Learning to assimilate (Bilingual Education, Economist)

In November Californians will also be voting on teaching in English

“Proposition 58, which will appear on California’s November 8th ballot, aims to spread such multilingual programmes across the Golden State.

This is much more contentious than it sounds. California has by far the largest foreign-born population of any state. Ten million—or nearly a quarter of all immigrants in the country—call the sprawling state home.

The new measure, proposed by Ricardo Lara, a state senator who was born in California to Mexican parents, seeks to repeal parts of Proposition 227, a ballot initiative that put restrictions on bilingual education in 1998.”

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