Press Release by
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
June 3, 1998
Contact: Doug Stone
FAX 916/657-5101 3/12/98
STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF DELAINE EASTIN COMMENTS
ON PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 227
SACRAMENTO-- "Today the voters chose to enact Proposition
227. As a California State constitutional officer, I have always -- and
will continue to -- uphold and defend the laws of California," said
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.
"As State Superintendent, I plan to work with districts
to help them comply with the new initiative as effectively as possible,"
continued Eastin. "It is imperative English learners receive the best
education California has to offer. They need effective instruction to help
them reach full proficiency in English quickly and to master academic content.
"The just-passed initiative provides for a transition
period of at least 60 days, and I will be contacting school districts within
the next few weeks with preliminary guidance on this issue. I have directed
a California Department of Education team to develop an implementation
plan and to review ambiguous provisions of the initiative. Key components
to be reviewed include the initiative's relationship to existing federal
law; procedures for parents seeking waivers to either move their children
into, or keep them in, a bilingual program after a specified period of
time; and how much native language instruction is allowable in any English-language
"I will work closely with the California State Board
of Education to implement the initiative. It is also critical that we include
the California Congress of Parents and Teachers Association, the California
School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators,
the California Association of School Business Officials, the California
School Employees Association, the California Teachers Association, the
California Federation of Teachers, and other education groups with a vested
interest in examining the implementation process.
"In the meantime, I am advising school districts
to continue their commitment to doing the best possible job teaching English
and the core curriculum to California's 1.4 million English learners. Districts
still need to identify, assess, and serve the needs of all of these students.
Furthermore, school districts need to ensure that English learners have
access to high standards through all local, state, and federal programs.
"In addition, I urge all districts not to take precipitous
actions toward their limited-English-proficiency programs during this transition
period as we work to establish more definitive guidelines."