100,000 Signatures for “English” in Massachusetts

On Tuesday, the leaders of our Massachusetts initiative campaign held a press conference in Boston to announce that they had gathered over 100,000 signatures for their petition, far more than the number necessary to qualify for the 2002 ballot. I attach copies of our press release, along with some of the resulting articles from the Associate Press and local newspapers.

The state of Massachusetts was the first in America to establish an official requirement for bilingual education, and is widely known as being among the nation’s greatest strongholds for liberal Democrats. But with the validity rate of our signatures running at a remarkable 80% and with a new third-party poll showing our initiative currently ahead by 77% to 14%, it now appears highly likely that Massachusetts voters will follow the lead of those in California and Arizona by tossing their failed bilingual programs into the dustbin of history.

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