Measure 58 Limits Length Of Language Classes

October 29, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–The state of Oregon is poised to become the latest in a series of states to pass laws limiting how kids who speak foreign languages at home, can learn English. Over the last ten years, voters in three states have passed laws tightly restricting how much help students can get in their native languages. State houses across the country have also  full story  complete coverage
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Schools say Measure 58 could face legal challenges

October 28, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Oregon’s public schools are pondering what, exactly, Ballot Measure 58 will mean for them, how it will be implemented and what impact it will have on students. Portland schools officials say it’s difficult to gauge how much the so-called bilingual education ban would impact public education, but that it would affect thousands of students and hundreds of full story  complete coverage
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Measure 58 puts English learners at center of word war

October 27, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–A ballot measure to limit how long English learners can be taught in their native language would add urgency to getting those students up to speed in English, proponents say, but would be a crude, one-size-fits-all approach that no educators endorse, opponents say. Both arguments got a workout Friday during an energetic debate in front full story  complete coverage

Measure 58 raises concerns

October 23, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–His name has been changed to protect his privacy, but “Albert,” short for Einstein, will more than likely end up in the public eye eventually. Albert currently attends the University of Oregon and expects to graduate with a degree in architecture. His wedding announcement appeared in The Oregonian a while back, where a former teacher saw it. full story

Forum highlights divergent views on state Measure 58

October 23, 2008

NEWPORT, OR–Supporters call it a remedy for what they consider a failed system of teaching English to immigrants and other English language learners. Opponents deride it a “one-Sizemore-fits-all” mandate to learning English for all students in all schools, regardless of ability. Lincoln County Coastal Progressives wanted local voters to get a feel for what Measure 58 – full story

Measure 58 Draws National Attention

October 15, 2008

 PORTLAND, OR–National experts are in Oregon this week arguing both sides of controversial Ballot Measure 58. That’s the initiative to limit teaching English as a Second Language to two years. As Rob Manning reports both sides are arguing they have the research and results to prove their case. full story

Measure 58 Supporter Speaks From Experience

October 14, 2008

PORTLAND, OR– A national proponent of English-only initatives is in Oregon this week to rally support for a similar measure here. Rob Manning reports. Rosalie Porter has spent years teaching and studying English as a Second Language, and she is an immigrant herself. That background lent credibility to English-immersion initiatives in California and Massachusetts. full story

Board is in agreement: Measure 58 puts pressure on students

October 10, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Ballot Measure 58 in the Nov. 4 Oregon election mandates that after a maximum of two years of studying in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, students would be expected to take all of their remaining courses in English. This ballot measure does not affect English-speaking students taking a foreign language. Measure 58 affects ESL students in all full story

Measure 58 would rewrite English teaching in Oregon

October 7, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–What is the best method to teach English to non-native speakers? That question is at the heart of growing debate over Ballot Measure 58, the so-called bilingual education ban, which appears on Oregon’s November ballot. The measure, according to the Division of Elections, would officially prohibit teaching public school students languages other than English for full story

Measure 58’s goal of English-only classes already a reality

September 22, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters are being asked to decide how Oregon schools should teach nearly 70,000 students learning English as their second language. Measure 58, one of five measures on the November ballot authored by Bill Sizemore, would prohibit schools from teaching English learners in their native language after one year in elementary school or two years in high school. full story