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State of California June 2, 1998 Primary
Proposition 227
English Language In Public Schools.

Initiative Statute. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures.

3,345,481 / 61.0% Yes votes ...... 2,143,087 / 39.0% No votes

Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • 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.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • 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.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
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 regular classes.

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 regular classes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

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, Rebuttal

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, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 227:
English for the Children
315 West 9th Street, #920
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 627-0005
Fax: (213) 627-0050

Contact AGAINST Proposition 227:
Richard Ross
1700 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-0392

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