Proposition 58 Seeks to Rescind English-Only Education in California

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Almost two decades ago, California voters approved a law that required public schools to teach only in English. Proposition 58 would repeal that law and give teachers and parents the power to develop their own multilingual programs. Proponents say bilingual education reflects the state’s diversity and that knowing only one language puts students at a disadvantage in the global economy. Opponents of the proposition argue that English only classrooms help students grow more proficient in English and have improved standardized test scores across the state.

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Proposition 58 Explained

KQED's Election 2016 Guide


Adolfo Guzman Lopez, education correspondent, Southern California Public Radio

Ricardo Lara, represents District 33 in the California State Senate

Ron Unz, entrepreneur and political activist; drafted Proposition 227