Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, May 20, 1998
COMMUNITY NEWS FILE/LOS ANGELES
Council Takes Position Against Prop. 227 on Bilingual
The Los Angeles City Council went on record Tuesday opposing Prop. 227,
the June ballot initiative that would ban bilingual education in California
After an hour
of discussion, council members voted to oppose the proposition, sponsored
by Silicon Valley millionaire Ron Unz; Councilman Hal Bernson cast the
sole dissenting vote.
believe that bilingual classes harm children's potential for success, several
council members said the initiative would have the same effect.
there is virtually only one way that bilingual education can be taught--legally,"
said Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, a former schoolteacher. "Now that,
my friends, is insanity. . . . If you only have one tool in your tool box,
there are very few things that you can fix. If you have only one method
to teach English . . . you know that a great many children are going to
A score of Proposition
227 opponents attended the council meeting, including many Latino parents
and their children. Several speakers told the council they want to continue
having a choice of bilingual education for their children.