Struggling to meet goals of Proposition 227 |

Struggling to meet goals of Proposition 227

by Andy Bourelle

Many public school districts throughout California are in limbo regarding bilingual education because of Proposition 227, and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District is no different.

However, Superintendent Rich Alexander said he is confident the school district will have a strategy in place by the start of the school year.

“We’re looking at coming up with a plan,” he said. “We’re going to be looking at what other districts are doing, and then we’ll go from there.”

Proposition 227, passed by voters in November 1997, essentially dismantles bilingual education in California’s public schools. Children who speak little or no English can be placed in bilingual immersion programs for only one year.

A federal judge recently upheld the new law, making it effective in August.

Alexander said it is still too soon to tell how the ruling will affect LTUSD, but he said he believes the district isn’t far from being in compliance with Proposition 227.

Districts throughout the state are handling Proposition 227 differently.

Controversy has surrounded the Los Angeles Unified School District’s strategy of dealing with the ruling, which reportedly may attempt to circumvent the law established by Proposition 227.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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