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[Susan notes: This letter nails the issue very succinctly.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

The legislative analyst's office reported that, according to projections, English learners in California schools take 3.6 to 7.4 years to become fluent in English. This analysis is based on tests administered in 2001 and 2002, long after California voted to dismantle bilingual education and require English immersion by passing Proposition 227.

Today, nearly all English learners in school are in all-English programs. Proposition 227 stated that English immersion instruction should "not normally" exceed one year. The report shows conclusively that this didn't happen. Proposition 227 did not keep its promise. Not even close.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC

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