Bill Sizemore jailed for contempt of court

December 4, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Veteran ballot initiative activist Bill Sizemore was handcuffed and jailed Monday after a Multnomah County judge found him in contempt of court for a fourth time in his long-running legal battle with two Oregon teachers unions. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Janice R. Wilson ordered Sizemore jailed until he signed and filed federal and state tax forms that full story
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Oregon Voters Rejected Measure Limiting Services to ELLs

November 5, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–As Campaign K-12 reports, Oregon voters have rejected Measure 58, a state ballot measure that would have put a cap of two years on the amount of time English-language learners could receive instruction in their native language. It seemed that it would have also put a cap of two years on English-as-a-second-language instruction  full story  complete coverage
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Ore. voters reject measure on bilingual education

November 5, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters have rejected a ballot measure proposing to limit how much time public school students can spend in English as a Second Language classes. The vote was failing by almost 10 points Tuesday night with 45 percent of ballots counted. If passed, the measure would have required non-English speaking students to learn English within two full story  complete coverage
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Voters don’t limit teaching students new to English

November 5, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Voters rejected Measure 58, which would have strictly limit teaching students new to English in their native language. Supporters said the measure, which would have limited teaching English learners in their native language to one year in elementary school or two years in high school, would spur schools to work harder to teach students to read and full story  complete coverage
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English immersion — a dismal failure

November 3, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–As specialists in the field of English language learning, we were appalled to read Rosalie Pedalino Porter’s opinion piece on Measure 58. Porter’s guest opinion contains numerous false claims about the experience of states that have passes measures similar to Measure 58. Porter is wrong about the research on language learning and she is wrong about Measure full story
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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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