Court Ruling Keeps Ban on Bilingual Education
LA Times, October 8, 2002
IN BRIEF / SAN FRANCISCO
Opponents of an English-only public school measure lost another legal challenge
Monday when a federal appeals court declined, for a second time, to block it
from taking effect. Proposition 227, a measure that virtually banned
bilingual education in California public schools, has prevailed through the
federal courts since taking effect in 1998.
Four years ago, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by
bilingual education advocates for an injunction that would have prevented the
measure from taking effect. The court issued its written ruling Monday.
The initiative, approved by 61% of the voters, repealed 30 years of policies
that allowed California public school students to be taught subjects in their
native languages until they were fluent in English.
Click here to read the UNITED
STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT judgment.