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Parents > United States > Massachusetts > Public Questions > 2002 Initiatives and Referenda > English Only Schools (2002)
OfficeReferendum
Type General Election
Filing Deadline June 01, 2002 - 12:00pm
Polls Open November 03, 2002 - 06:00am
Polls Close November 03, 2002 - 11:00pm
Term Start November 04, 2002 - 12:00pm
Term End December 31, 9999 - 12:00pm
Turnout 50.41% Registered 31.51% Total Population
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This proposed law would replace the current state law providing for
transitional bilingual education in public schools with a law requiring that, with
limited exceptions, all public school children must be taught English by being
taught all subjects in English and being placed in English language classrooms.
The proposed law would require public schools to educate English learners
(children who cannot do ordinary classwork in English and who either do not speak
English or whose native language is not English) through sheltered English
immersion program, normally not lasting more than one year. In the program, all
books and nearly all teaching would be in English, with the curriculum designed for
children learning English, although a teacher could use a minimal amount of a
child’s native language when necessary. Schools would be encouraged to place in
the same classroom children who are from different native-language groups but
who have the same level of English skills. Once a student is able to do regular
schoolwork in English, the student would be transferred to an English language
mainstream classroom. These requirements would not affect special education
programs for physically or mentally impaired students or foreign language classes
for children who already know English.
Parents or guardians of certain children could apply each year to have the
requirements waived, so as to place their child in bilingual education or other
classes, if the parents or gu

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