Monthly Archives: June 2000

“165,000 signatures for English in Arizona”

Our “English for the Children of Arizona” campaign just filed 165,000 signatures to qualify its measure for the November ballot, far more than the 101,000 needed. The Phoenix press conference at which we announced the end of the signature drive … Continue reading

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High Noon for Vouchers – NRO

High Noon for Vouchers by Ron Unz In November, a turning point for U.S. education National Review (Online), Tuesday, June 20, 2000 Originally proposed by Economics Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman in 1955, educational vouchers and related types of school choice have increasingly … Continue reading

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“High Noon for Vouchers in America”

Although school vouchers have so far received very little recent attention, I believe they may soon become one of the central political issues of the November election in California, and perhaps nationally as well.

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Declaring Victory and Going Home

(Originally confidential) Ken Noonan (founding president of the California Assocation of Bilingual Educators) and our most prominent English immersion convert just returned from his participation in the White House conference on Hispanic Education with some interesting stories. First, his forthright … Continue reading

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Silly Assessments

Silly Assessments by Ron Unz National Journal (Letters), Saturday, July 15, 2000 I appreciated John Maggs’ thoughtful article on ballot initiatives (“Ballot Boxing,” 7/1/2000, p. 2144) but have a few comments. First, Peter Schrag’s book on the harmful consequences of Proposition 13 … Continue reading

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More Good Coverage from Arizona

As hoped for, the press coverage of the Arizona “English for the Children” initiative, sparked by last week’s press conference in Phoenix has generally been extremely positive, and seems to properly emphasize the substantial base of Latino support for the … Continue reading

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“Losing the Peace on English in the Schools”

Here is what seems my 1000th op-ed on bilingual education, solicited from me a couple of days ago by National Review, the leading publication of the conservative movement. As in the past, I express my exasperation that almost no prominent … Continue reading

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Losing the Peace on English in the Schools – NRO

Losing the Peace on English in the Schools by Ron Unz National Review (Online), Tuesday, June 13, 2000 Today, on the important issue of whether immigrant children should be taught English in American schools, the Republican party is in danger of having … Continue reading

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More English in Arizona

Here’s a nice article from the conservative Washington Times, describing the successful progress of our Arizona “English for the Children” campaign. Perhaps a few more like these, and the timorous Republicans in DC will finally gain the courage to do … Continue reading

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Arizona: “Bilingual Education on Way Out”

At yesterday morning’s Phoenix, AZ press conference, Congressman Matt Salmon became the first (and only) prominent political figure in that state to endorse our “English for the Children” initiative, and nearly the first in the nation to do so. The … Continue reading

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Why Books Matter

“Why Books Matter” by Ron Unz Unpublished, June 2000 Here’s a paradox.  A reasonably successful non-fiction public policy book may sell 15,000 to 30,000 copies, many, perhaps most of which will end up being unread.  These numbers are absolutely negligible … Continue reading

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