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Calif. Senate panel advances bill to restore bilingual education
Calif. Senate panel advances bill to restore bilingual education

SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate Education Committee recommended Wednesday that California voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative that requires public school instruction in English. The proposal to restore bilingual education programs in the state was made by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who said the ballot measure has stifled the ability of students to become multilingual. “The top educational systems around the world all require students to learn multiple languages,” Lara  told the panel. “New research has shown that children have an innate ability to absorb multiple languages at once, where previously it was thought to confuse...

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