- Requires all public school instruction be conducted in English.
- Requirement may be waived if parents or guardian show that child already knows English, or has special needs, or would learn English faster through alternate instructional technique.
- Provides initial short-term placement, not normally exceeding one year, in intensive sheltered English immersion programs for children not fluent in English.
- Appropriates $50 million per year for ten years funding English instruction for individuals pledging to provide personal English tutoring to children in their community.
- Permits enforcement suits by parents and guardians.
- Impacts on individual school districts would depend on how schools, parents, and the state respond to the proposition's changes. These impacts could vary significantly by district.
- Requires state spending of $50 million per year for ten years to teach tutors of limited English proficient students. Total state spending on education, however, probably would not change.
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- Students with limited
English ability will be taught in
special classes in which the
teacher speaks English nearly
all of the time. After about one
year in these special classes,
most students will be moved to
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- Schools will teach
students with limited
English ability in a variety
of ways. Some students
will be in classes in which
the teacher speaks their
home language some or
nearly all of the time.
Students might stay in
these classes for several
years before moving to
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 227:
- Hundreds of thousands of California
schoolchildren are forced into
Spanish-only bilingual education classes
and not taught English. Proposition 227
ensures that all children are taught to
read English, write English, and speak
English as soon as they start school, with
non-fluent students placed in intensive
short-term English immersion classes.
Full Text of Argument In Favor,
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 227:
- Several years ago, the 1970's law
mandating bilingual education in
California expired. Since then local
school districts have been
developing and using different
programs to teach children
English. Proposition 227 outlaws
the best local programs and
imposes one state mandate that
has never been tested. California
PTA opposes Proposition 227.
Full Text of Argument Against,
- Contact FOR Proposition 227:
- English for the Children
315 West 9th Street, #920
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fax: (213) 627-0050
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 227:
- Richard Ross
1700 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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