Los Angeles Times
Saturday, June 27, 1998
Santa Ana Trustees May Fight Prop. 227
By MIMI KO CRUZ
Trustees of the Santa Ana Unified School District may file a brief in
support of the legal battle against the recently approved Proposition 227.
The initiative, passed in this month's primary
election, outlawed most bilingual education in the state and instead mandated
a one-year English-immersion program.
A coalition of civil rights groups recently
filed a federal lawsuit to block the measure from taking effect in the
fall. The group is challenging the initiative's constitutionality.
The matter is scheduled to be heard July
15 by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Filing the court brief before then might
delay the hearing, the district's attorney told the school board this week.
Trustees took the advice and postponed a
decision on whether to file the brief, expected to cost the district $8,000
to $10,000, until after the hearing.
Members of the district's bilingual advisory
committee and parents of Pio Pico Elementary School students said they
want the school board to fight the proposition.
The parents said they fear their children,
who are not fluent in English, will be robbed of an education equal to
that given their English-proficient peers.
Board President Nativo V. Lopez said fighting
the proposition is in the best interest of the city, since local voters
for the most part rejected the initiative.
Trustee Rosemarie Avila disagreed: "I
think it's wrong to spend public money to fight a law that was passed by
voters. . . . We need to implement it right away."