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SB 1174 - Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that repeals prohibition on bilingual education.

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  • Repeals certain provisions of Proposition 227, which established public school language instruction methods for limited English proficient students, including, but not limited to, the following provisions (Secs. 3 & 5):
    • That all public school children be taught English by being taught in English;
    • That all public school children be placed in English language classrooms;
    • That all public school children who are English learners be educated through “sheltered English immersion”; and
    • That the parent of an English learner be required to provide informed written consent before his or her child can receive bilingual education.
  • Authorizes school districts and county offices of education to determine the “best” language instruction methods and language acquisition programs to implement in schools by consulting experts in the field, parents, and “engaging” local communities (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes parents of children enrolled in public schools to choose the education model that suits their child and requires schools in which 20 pupils or more of a given grade level request a specific language program to offer such a class (Sec. 5). 
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill that amend Proposition 227 become effective only when submitted to, and approved by, the voters at the November 2016 statewide general election (Sec. 9).
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Title: Repeals Prohibition on Bilingual Education

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