Proposition 227, the anti-bilingual education measure on the June 2 ballot, is leading in the polls for two simple reasons:
UnzWatch plans an aggressive effort to tackle these problems. Our focus will be on the news media – which need all the help they can get in reporting this complex debate. Coverage of the campaign thus far has had its weaknesses. According to a Media Alliance study released April 14, the state's major newspapers have yet to explore key issues about Proposition 227, such as:
To cast an informed vote on Proposition 227, Californians need answers to these and numerous other questions. Thus far, however, Ron Unz and his Big Lie techniques have dominated media attention. For the most part, voters have heard only one side of the debate.
Here's where UnzWatch comes in. We are a group of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers, school board members, and other advocates for language-minority students. Our plan is to produce press advisories and fact sheets on key issues in the campaign – with special emphasis on refuting fallacies, distortions, and outright falsehoods. For the children of California, the stakes are too high to remain silent.
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