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This November, voters will decide whether dual-immersion language programs deserve a new chance in the state’s schools. Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, the executive director of Californians Together, a group that favors the ballot measure, said the waiver required for parents to enroll their children in bilingual programs had had a chilling effect and that more parents would be inclined to have their children in bilingual programs if they were more widely available.
Under a new reformed school-funding formula , Prop 58 could encourage schools to invest in new bilingual programs based on proven methods, and crucially, to expand the bilingual teacher workforce, which withered after Proposition 227 Education authorities are meanwhile promoting bilingualism as a formal credential by issuing a seal of biliteracy” to students who pass a dual-language exam, a certification that 23 states have also adopted for their school systems.
Ellen Bialystok’s research, for example, shows that bilingual adults, as …Read More