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October 22, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a one-month stint in English-intensive classes required by a new state law, tens of thousands of California students with limited English skills are heading back into bilingual education this fall at the request of their parents. Close to 12,000 of those students are in the Los Angeles Unified School District, data provided to The Times on Wednesday show.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a month into the academic year, and some Orange County school districts are starting to shuffle students and place them into bilingual classrooms to accommodate parents' requests for native-language instruction. Despite voters' overwhelming passage of Proposition 227, which promotes English-only instruction, primary-language programs can be resurrected if the district is willing and there is widespread parent interest. The response by parents countywide has been decidedly mixed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a third of the students at Harvey Elementary in Santa Ana resumed bilingual education Monday, representing the county's largest parental rejection so far of the state's new regulations against native-language instruction. Under Proposition 227, which mandates that limited-English speakers be taught mostly in English, parents have the right to request a waiver that would allow their children to transfer to a program taught in their primary language.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although voters backed a June ballot initiative meant to end bilingual education, nearly all parents in some Ventura County school districts are using an exemption to keep their kids out of English-only classes. In half a dozen school districts in the Ventura and Oxnard area, between 60% and 95% of children who are not fluent in English are filtering back into bilingual classrooms after a 30-day trial run in a "sheltered English immersion" program mandated by Proposition 227.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When opponents of bilingual education in California started pushing for its demise, they probably didn't envision what is happening in the Hueneme school district. A month into the implementation of Proposition 227, the parents of nearly all of Hueneme's students who speak little or no English have said: No gracias.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1998 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles school board sought permission Thursday for 34 schools to continue bilingual education programs that would otherwise be prohibited by Proposition 227. Saying that the programs give student solid academic foundations, officials asked the State Board of Education to exempt the campuses from the English immersion law. "We are making the case that we should build on what students bring to us," said school board member Jeff Horton.
NEWS
August 1, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Up and down the state, public school officials have clamored for answers to a question posed by the passage of Proposition 227: If not bilingual education, then what? Although the initiative approved by voters in June was a loud statement against teaching children in two languages, the program it required instead--"structured English immersion"--remains suspect to many California educators.
NEWS
July 2, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON and AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Turning up the pressure on schools to dismantle their bilingual education programs, the State Board of Education declared Wednesday that a sweeping initiative approved by voters last month should take effect during the 1998-99 school year on all campuses statewide.
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