Grand Jury Faults Calif. District on Bilingual Education

Sack, Joetta L.
June 2003
Education Week;6/18/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 41, p5
A California school district violated state laws on bilingual education and pushed for children to be taught in Spanish, rather than English, a grand jury report released last week concludes. The 3,800-student Rio district in Oxnard has suspended Superintendent Yolanda M. Benitez and is investigating allegations that she manipulated parents to force a pro-bilingual agenda on the district. California's voter-initiated Proposition 227, approved in 1998, mandates that students with limited proficiency in English be taught in English-immersion classes, unless a parent requests a waiver for classes in the child's native language.


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