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No Way to Learn Letter to the Editor, New York Daily News Your September 6 editorial is right on target with its assertion that “it is imperative that the Board of Ed make an honest assessment of its English language programs.” But English learners [Read More...]
Old Bilingual Method is Discredited Article Published in the Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette Since last June, when California voters put an end to that state’s discredited bilingual education programs, policymakers, educators and parents around the nation have sought ways to make similar changes to [Read More...]
Bilingual Education Reform: Critical for Hispanic Student Success Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to participate in today’s discussion on federal education programs for Limited English-Proficient (LEP) students. My name is Don Soifer and I am the Executive Vice President of the [Read More...]
Bilingual Education Reform Moves Northeast Article Published in The Waterbury (CT) Republican-American Bilingual education reform has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing public policy movements. Last June, California voters approved an initiative pulling the plug on most of the state’s widely-criticized bilingual education programs. Since [Read More...]
A Chance to Fix Bilingual Woes Article Published in The Tribune (Phoenix, AZ) Arizona right now faces a major opportunity to help its Limited English Proficient (LEP) students by reforming current bilingual education programs. Bilingual education is widely used in school districts throughout Arizona. While the [Read More...]
Will Arizona Be Next? The Grand Canyon State Considers Reforming Bilingual Education Issue Brief Executive Summary Following the dramatic success of a California proposition this June to end the use of bilingual education, policymakers from around the nation have begun to question the effectiveness and appropriateness of those programs in their own [Read More...]
Virginia Ought to Join Move to Scrap Bilingual Education Article Published in The Richmond Times Dispatch It is more essential for young people to possess good English-language skills today than ever in our history. But until the education establishment in Virginia and elsewhere abandons its widespread commitment to the [Read More...]
Bilingual Education: Where Do We Go From Here? Issue Brief Earlier this month, California voters soundly rejected bilingual education. Proposition 227, the “English for the Children Initiative,” won widespread support among white and Hispanic voters despite being opposed by President Clinton, all four major candidates for Governor, the [Read More...]
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