Los Angeles Times
Friday, May 15, 1998
School Officials Say Prop. 227 Could Cost Area $100
Los Angeles school officials said Thursday that Proposition 227 would
hamper the learning of tens of thousands of students and could cost the
district more than $100 million in bilingual education funds.
In a dire report
on the potential effects of the anti-bilingual education initiative, officials
told the Board of Education's Instruction, Curriculum and Student Achievement
Committee that if it passes in June, as now seems likely, the district
would have to remodel its curriculum to accommodate students who are not
proficient in English.
sponsored by businessman Ron Unz, would require virtually all of the state's
bilingual students to switch to regular classes after a year of English
plan presented to the committee said the district's nearly 7,500 bilingual
education teachers would be authorized to switch to teaching English immersion.
They would need
training in the new curriculum, as would teachers of regular classes who
would be forced within a year to teach students whose English skills are
not up to par.
Director Marty Varon told the committee that about $73 million in state
anti-poverty funds, $25 million in state integration funds and $6 million
in federal funds could be lost if bilingual education is scrapped, but
that about $20 million the district pays for bilingual educational might
be returned to the general fund.
the district could qualify for part of a $50-million state fund for tutoring
and other programs. The cost of training teachers and tutoring students
are unknown, he said.