As a member of the State Board of Education, Papadakis has been presented with research and test results that continue to show that the most efficient and effective way for Ramon to learn to speak as well as read and write English is through a bilingual program. It is a shame that she continues to ignore this information and misrepresents the facts as she did in her article.
Students are not labeled limited English proficient (LEP) for their whole educational careers. They are mainstreamed into all English programs as soon as possible. At Eastman School in East Los Angeles 90% of the entering kindergartners are LEP, but by sixth grade only 10% remain limited in their English skills. This 10% are usually students who arrived at the school late and didn't start with the program in kindergarten.
In the San Jose Unified School District more than 80 students have been mainstreamed into all English classrooms. The average time spent in bilingual classrooms is two to four years. These students who are now in all-English classrooms are working at or above the national norm in English reading, language and math. These are not unusual results. In school districts in Baldwin Park, Cerritos, Lodi, Ontario-Montclair, Calexico, San Diego, etc., the same results are being demonstrated.