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Forked Tongue in California Debate

During tonight’s California governor candidates’ forum, Peter Ueberroth,

urged the state’s schools to concentrate on “proficiency in

English.” Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante responded, “We already know

how to teach English.”

What do you mean “we,” Cruz? In 1998, California’s voters passed the Unz

initiative (Proposition 227) which replaced state-mandated bilingual

education with English immersion. Achievement tests scores soared the

following year. Where was Cruz Bustamante?

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HREF=”http://www.media-alliance.org/voices/bilingual/bilingualfaqs.html”>Who

is opposing Proposition 227? “President Clinton, [and then-]Assembly

Speaker Cruz Bustamante.”

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