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Waivers or No, Bilingual Education Works

October 19, 2003

Re "Santa Ana Limiting Bilingual Education," Oct. 6:

Supporters of Santa Ana Unified School District's decision to limit bilingual waivers think that dismantling bilingual education was a good idea. It wasn't.

A study published by the nonprofit research firm West Ed last year confirmed that dumping bilingual education did not increase English proficiency among minority-language children in California.

Also, nearly every major review of research in bilingual education concludes that students in bilingual programs acquire English as well as or better than similar students in non-bilingual programs.

Stephen Krashen

Los Angeles

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