Alice Callaghan watches as students practice their English at Las Familias Del Pueblos in Los Angeles. The Bilingual Education Act of 1968 – passed during an era of growing immigration and an energized civil rights movement – provided federal funding to encourage local school districts to try approaches incorporating native-language instruction. Yes, even though I was well beyond my language-learning prime, the immersion worked effectively for me. Moderately fluent in Spanish, I returned back to the US in 1995 to continue teaching ELS to Mexican immigrant children in Southern California. Proposition 58, the product of 2014 legislation written by Lara, would repeal English-only instruction in public schools, giving local parents and teachers the control to develop their own multilingual programs. Transitional classes” where students begin instruction in their home language before gradually becoming proficient in English are classified as alternative programs and require a parent waiver.
Earlier immigrant families from Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, were well-educated; today the majority are from the Yemen and other less developed Arabian countries and the adults have little or no formal education. Regarding the district’s documents, does the bilingual program provide the following.
It’s also supported by dozens of Democratic elected officials, the California Association for Bilingual Education, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Advancement Project and the think tank EdTrust West. Bilingual/ESL staff (teachers, aides, community liaisons, etc.) have been made aware of coming changes, and have been informed how those changes may affect their roles and instructional programs. It is estimated that between 60 and 75 percent of the world is bilingual, and bilingual education is a common educational approach used throughout the world. This criticism was widespread in 1998, the year that 61 percent of voters passedProposition 227, which required parents to sign a waiver if they wanted to keep their children in a bilingual classroom. The district has 81 dual immersion and bilingual classes, including 10 transitional classes.
Under the current law, 20 parents in each grade must request bilingual education options before the school district can create such a class. Includes definitions of educational terms, selected background readings, and links to relevant online articles and resources. I am certainly glad that more people recognize the importance of an equal opportunity education.
According to the 1990 U. S. Census, 72 percent of the limited-English students are concentrated in these six states: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. The astonishing answer was that ASCD has taken a position on this issue and does not believe in presenting other views, even though they know that there is much disagreement on the merits of bilingual programs! The act not only made bilingual education a federal law, it encouraged bilingual education by providing federal funds to schools who employed native-language instruction in the classroom. These earlier decisions on education policy were made in the school, the church, the city or the state.