Prop. 227 in Los Angeles

For those of you skeptical of whether legal changes through initiative ever have actual impact, the following article from today’s Los Angeles Times is quite heartening.

For the past decade, certified bilingual teachers have been paid an extra $5000 annual bonus, doubtless a contributing factor to their fervent support for survival of failed bilingual programs. But now that Prop. 227 has largely ended bilingual education programs, the LA School District is reasonably planning to end these bilingual education bonuses, apparently with the quiet support of some of the union leadership. This serves as a striking indication that—despite residual and continued resistance—California’s failed system of bilingual education is indeed on the road to virtual extinction.

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