WHAT ARE THE ADS ABOUT? They’re in support of Proposition 58, which would remove most of California’s restrictions on bilingual education, imposed by voters through Proposition 227 in 1998.
WHAT DO THE ADS SAY? Radio and online ads for the Yes on 58 campaign claim that the proposition “makes sure all students learn English.”
ARE THE ADS TRUE? The statement is misleading. Proposition 58 does nothing to ensure students will become proficient in English. The main way the proposition would change the law is in removing the requirement that schools get parents’ permission for their child to be taught in Spanish or any other foreign language.
Studies and test scores show mixed results on the various methods of teaching English as a second language. So English learners may learn the language well if the proposition passes on Tuesday, but there’s no assurance they will.