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September 6, 1998
Re "The Mystery of Model B," by Robert Jones, Aug. 16: The purpose of this response is to set the record straight regarding structured English immersion in the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD has complied with the law by providing structured English Immersion Model B. This model is what most districts in California are offering as their structured English immersion program. Model B offers an English-language instructional program primarily or as the initiative states, "overwhelmingly" in English.
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)
August 6, 2000
Re "Bilingual Education," Ventura County letters, July 30. In this letter Denis O'Leary asserts that "one year of intensive English immersion in California has failed." But he fails to back up this assertion, and the facts are otherwise. After one year of English immersion, statewide English learners' test scores have increased in every area, in every grade level. Some school districts saw increases of up to 18% in some areas for English learners. There is other evidence of progress since 1998.
February 11, 2012
It began as a local story. Citing a state law requiring public officials to know English, a judge in Arizona ruled that city council candidate Alejandrina Cabrera should be barred from seeking public office because of her limited English skills. But the controversy over Cabrera's eligibility has reverberated nationally, stoking the debate over whether Spanish-speaking immigrants — and Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens such as Cabrera — are too slow to assimilate. That question is entwined with an issue that has surfaced in the Republican presidential campaign: whether English should be declared the official language of the United States.
August 22, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
An English-immersion program that spawned controversy when launched by the Orange Unified School District a year ago is successfully helping children who speak little or no English learn the language faster than bilingual education, a consultant's report found. "The program is extremely successful," said Kevin Clark of Stockton-based Clark Consulting Group. "My only recommendation would be not to stop doing what you're doing."
April 18, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A controversial new English immersion program in the Orange Unified School District appears to help many students learn to speak the language faster than traditional bilingual programs, according to a preliminary report. District administrators cautioned that the 36-page report by a consulting firm measured only oral fluency and not the program's impact on written or academic skills.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that the Orange Unified School District can continue an English immersion effort it began after scrapping its bilingual education program last August. The complex decision, issued Tuesday by Judge Ronald B. Robie, has statewide implications because the judge found that school districts are not required to offer native-language instruction unless such programs are necessary to give all students equal access to education.
At elementary schools scattered across Los Angeles, teachers are delivering promising reports that their students are learning English more quickly than anticipated six months after the implementation of the anti-bilingual education law, Proposition 227. "I honestly didn't expect to see them achieve as well as they are doing," said Jose Posada, bilingual education coordinator at Los Angeles Elementary School in Koreatown.
On elementary school campuses across Ventura County, the post-bilingual era is ushering in a revolution in language and learning likely to grow more chaotic--and more contentious--as the school year shifts into high gear.
April 24, 2011 | By Rubén Martinez
When I first held my daughter Ruby in my arms, I whispered to her, " Soy tu papá ," and a few minutes later when I held her twin sister, Lucía, I said the same thing. Then I melted into tears of joy, of course. Before the twins were born, my wife, Angela, and I had decided we would do what we could to help them grow up bilingual. Acting on the instructions of my colleague Rebeca Acevedo, a linguist and professor of Spanish at Loyola Marymount University, I was to speak to them 100% of the time in Spanish, my first language, and Angela in English.
July 17, 2010
Speaking of English Re "English immersion," Opinion, July 11 Conservative America's paranoia regarding the English-only issue is really wearing thin. The ability to communicate in two or more languages is a sign of intellect, not political weakness. Yet everyone in the world knows that when one travels to the United States, one had better speak English. This fosters a mindset that we are too arrogant — or simply not bright enough — to learn one or two other languages.
April 12, 2007
Re "The pursuit of happiness -- in English," Opinion, April 7 Newt Gingrich thinks that replacing bilingual education with intensive English instruction will help minority-language children acquire English. It won't. Studies show that bilingual education does a better job of helping children acquire English than English "immersion." In the last two years, four major reviews have been published confirming that children in bilingual programs do better on tests of English reading than those in all-English programs, including one report from the U.S. government.
January 21, 2007
Re "English as an unsanctioned language," Jan. 17 The Karnataka state government is keen to promote the local language, Kannada. As part of the multilingual nation of India, many states promote teaching in local languages. The schools that are being asked to shut down were in violation of a legal requirement. They switched to English, as English-language schools are an attractive business proposition. H.N. RAMAKRISHNA Sterling, Va. The Times' article seems to support the false premise that if the children in those English schools in southern India don't receive all their instruction in English, they won't learn the English language.
August 17, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Supporters of a state Senate bill that has mired educators in a debate over how best to teach English in schools pledged Wednesday to block funding for the state Board of Education until the question is resolved. The defiance was in response to statements by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week that he would not support SB 1769, which would allow districts broader discretion in buying textbooks for California's 1.6 million English learners.
May 12, 2004 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
The baseball skills Alex Gonzalez learned in his native Mexico easily translated when he moved to the United States. But the language barrier was as difficult to overcome as trying to hit a 100-mph fastball. Gonzalez spoke virtually no English when his family moved to Montebello in 2000, before the start of his freshman year of high school. At first, Gonzalez clung to Spanish like a security blanket. It wasn't long, however, before his baseball coaches at Montebello High decided to pull it away.
February 21, 2004
Re "Report Details Long Road to English-Language Fluency," Feb. 14: The reality is that children cannot learn English until they have some degree of fluency in their native language. The less literacy you have in your native language, the less likely that you will be able to master another language. If you really want children to learn English, you need to help them achieve meaningful fluency in their native language first. We are just setting these children up for failure. Andee Steinman Palm Desert The legislative analyst's office reported that, according to projections, English learners in California schools take 3.6 to 7.4 years to become fluent in English.
February 9, 2003
Nativo V. Lopez has certainly made a name for himself. When you read about the investigation of his organization, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional of Santa Ana, for possible misappropriation of federal funds, whose name is at the top of the list? Nativo V. Lopez's. When you read about the slow pace of spending of $145 million of Santa Ana Unified School District bonds, whose name is mentioned first? School board trustee Lopez's. And when the articles detail favoritism shown to a relatively inexperienced and seemingly incompetent construction company, a practice that reeks of political cronyism, whose name is at the top of the list?
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