Los Angeles Times
Thursday, April 16, 1998
Santa Ana School Board Opposes Prop. 227
HAMASHIGE, Special to The Times
SANTA ANA--The board of the Santa Ana Unified School District roundly
criticized Proposition 227, the June ballot measure seeking to end bilingual
education statewide, before passing a resolution this week opposing it.
"It's immoral, unethical and unjust,"
Trustee Audrey Yamagata-Noji said. "It's nothing more than an attack
on immigrants based on fear, ignorance and hate."
Trustees said they did not believe that voters
statewide could determine what is best for students in Santa Ana. The district
allows parents to decide whether their child should be in a bilingual class.
Of the parents who spoke Tuesday, none favored
The only supporter was Trustee Rosemarie
Avila, who said that while voters should not set educational policy, bilingual
education is a failure. The co-author of Proposition 227, Gloria Matta
Tuchman, has taught in the Santa Ana school district since 1967.
"This is a very personal issue for us,"
Matta Tuchman was not at the public hearing
Tuesday night, which Trustee Rob Balen called "cowardly." She
was not available for comment Wednesday.