Opposition to Proposition 227 (English Language in Public Schools)
AS-2416-98/TEKR - May 7-8, 1998
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University strongly oppose Proposition 227; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the campus communities, Chancellor, and the Board of Trustees to oppose Proposition 227; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Governor to oppose Proposition 227.
RATIONALE: There are over 1.4 million students in grades K-12 in California from non-English language backgrounds who are limited in English. These English learners represent 25% of the total student population. For these students, the development of a high level of English proficiency is one of the crucial prerequisites to success in this society. The development of English proficiency for these students must also be accompanied by instruction that allows them to develop a high level of competence in academic content to meet the demands of a technologically advanced world. The lack of such academic preparation reduces their ability to benefit from further training and education that enhance their potential for success.
While it is widely recognized that reform of the education of English learners is needed, the development of appropriate models of instruction is better left to educators with expertise in the field, and complex educational policy ought not be decided through initiatives that propose simplistic solutions.
APPROVED WITHOUT DISSENT May 7-8, 1998