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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1986
Mike Derevyanko's letter to The Times (July 12), describing the success of bilingual education in the Soviet Union, is a masterpiece. It is an outstanding example of what Novosti Press correspondents do best--write propaganda. There is not a single shred of truth in his letter. The experience of Soviet-style bilingual education in occupied Latvia is a good example and applies to most of the occupied republics. The official position of Soviet authorities is that Latvian is the native tongue of Latvians living in their republic.
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February 28, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $12 an hour. But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of another initiative of his crafting came up too: Proposition 227, which 16 years ago effectively ended bilingual education as it was practiced in California, replacing it with English immersion. Unz told me he has been “very pleased with the results” of 227, and that within a few years of its passing (by nearly 2 to 1)
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OPINION
July 17, 2010
Editor's note: This edition of Blowback offers four responses to the package of three Op-Eds about bilingual education that The Times ran on July 11. The opinion pieces — "The Spanish road to English" by Bruce Fuller, "A skill, not a weakness" by Laurie Olsen and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, and "Quality Counts" by Alice Callaghan — generated a lot of feedback from readers, and much of the "Letters to the editor" section on...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227. Lara's proposal would place an initiative on the ballot that would give parents a choice to have their children receive bilingual education. “English will always remain the official language of California, but we cannot ignore the growing need to have a multilingual workforce,” Lara said.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $12 an hour. But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of another initiative of his crafting came up too: Proposition 227, which 16 years ago effectively ended bilingual education as it was practiced in California, replacing it with English immersion. Unz told me he has been “very pleased with the results” of 227, and that within a few years of its passing (by nearly 2 to 1)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227. Lara's proposal would place an initiative on the ballot that would give parents a choice to have their children receive bilingual education. “English will always remain the official language of California, but we cannot ignore the growing need to have a multilingual workforce,” Lara said.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
Re "Lawsuit: State fails some English learners," April 25 The article does not mention two approaches to help those acquiring English, both with substantial research support. One is bilingual education, dismantled by Proposition 227 more than a decade ago. Research has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform students in all-English programs on tests of English reading. Also, studies show that Proposition 227 did not result in improved English proficiency. Second, there is strong evidence that those who do more pleasure reading in English do better on English-language tests, and case histories reveal that those who succeeded in acquiring the English needed for school were dedicated readers.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
Re "Lawsuit: State fails some English learners," April 25 The article does not mention two approaches to help those acquiring English, both with substantial research support. One is bilingual education, dismantled by Proposition 227 more than a decade ago. Research has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform students in all-English programs on tests of English reading. Also, studies show that Proposition 227 did not result in improved English proficiency. Second, there is strong evidence that those who do more pleasure reading in English do better on English-language tests, and case histories reveal that those who succeeded in acquiring the English needed for school were dedicated readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for former teacher Salvador "Sal" Castro, who played a central role in the 1968 Eastside school walkouts to protest inequalities in education for Latinos in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Castro died in his sleep April 15 after a seven-month bout with cancer at the age of 79, according to his family. A 9:30 a.m. funeral Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels will be led by the Rev. James Mott, pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel Church.
OPINION
May 13, 2011
Saving the planet Re "The flood this time," Opinion, May 10 Many thanks to Bill McKibben for his persistent attempts to be heard above the irrational squabbling that defines our national dialogue. It is agonizing to watch our country stand by as the Earth warms and some of the grim effects — droughts, wildfires and floods — become apparent. Congress is consumed by a faction that seeks to shrink government at all costs, supposedly because the federal debt threatens our children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
In a Glendale public school classroom, the immigrant's daughter uses no English as she conjugates verbs and writes sentences about cats. More than a decade after California voters eliminated most bilingual programs, first-grader Sofia Checchi is taught in Italian nearly all day — as she and her 20 classmates at Franklin Elementary School have been since kindergarten. Yet in just a year, Sofia has jumped a grade level in reading English. In the view of her mother — an Italian immigrant — Sofia's achievement validates a growing body of research indicating that learning to read in students' primary languages helps them become more fluent in English.
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February 26, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Does being bilingual give young children a mental edge, or does it delay their learning? It depends on who you ask. Bilingual education is regarded by some in education policy circles as little more than a half-baked technique of teaching students whose native language is not English. Though it takes many forms, bilingual education programs usually involve teaching students in both their native languages and in English. How much each language is used, and in which academic contexts, varies by program.
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February 21, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Does being bilingual help children learn to prioritize information, provide a defense against some effects of Alzheimer's or just provide a great workout for the brain? All of the above, according to studies discussed Friday at the 2011 American Assn. for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington D.C., where a number of researchers presented on the benefits of being bilingual. Among the findings: that infants raised in bilingual households can tell unfamiliar foreign languages apart and that bilingual speakers who rapidly switch between languages are better mental multitaskers than their monolingual counterparts.
NEWS
October 14, 2010
Should parents raise their children bilingually – teaching them two languages from a very young age? It’s a thorny subject, but as UCLA linguist Jared Diamond writes in an editorial in the journal Science , knowing more than one language could improve your multitasking skills from infancy and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s in old age. Here’s how it works, according to the editorial published online Thursday: When a...
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