Language in America - Introduction
|This is the fifth federal
election cycle in which ELPAC has published a briefing
book for candidates on issues involving English as the
official language of the United States.
English-language-related issues are much different than
just two years ago. The biggest change is in the most
costly program: "bilingual education."
Over the last twenty years, "bilingual ed" has cost billions of tax dollars yet produced graduation rates as low as 3% in Arizona and 7% in California. There is general agreement that these "native language instruction" programs have failed.
So a great tide of change is sweeping America, driven by immigrant and language-minority parents who want their children to learn English, rejecting failed bilingual programs and replacing them with programs to teach English to children. 61% of Californias June 1998 primary voters rejected "bilingual education" in favor of English-language classes. Recent student performance test results from Californias new English-language classrooms show improvements of 200% or more.
We also cover a number of other important English language-related issues, including:
For More Information:
For more information, please contact Steve Workings, Executive Director of the English Language Political Action Committee, at (301) 933-4161.