Proposition 58: Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (YES)

Proposition 58: Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (YES)

Explanation: Proposition 58 repeals most of the 1998 Proposition 227, the “English Only in Public Schools” Initiative, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.

BWW Analysis: Proposition 227 was more about making a statement as opposed to determining what is actually best for learning a different language and getting students ready to progress in school.  Imagine being in another country, trying to learn a different language, and your teachers are forced to only speak to you in the language you’re trying to learn. It makes it really difficult to try to learn the nuances of the language. In addition, this proposition authorizes schools to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers. This is a benefit to English speakers learning different language also.

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