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Monday, August 4, 2008

Anti-ELL Instruction Measure Assigned Ballot Number

On Friday, the Oregon Secretary of State announced the numbers for the twelve measures that will appear on the November Ballot for Oregon's 2008 General Election. Of the twelve measures, eight are those that qualified from state-wide initiatives and four are measures referred to voters by the state legislature

Bill Sizemore’s anti-ELL (English Language Learner) instruction measure which “Prohibits teaching public school students in language other than English for more than two years” has been assigned number 58.

This November, Oregonians will have the chance to reject or pass this costly measure which would take control away from local school boards, families and educators and place it in the hands of convicted racketeer Bill Sizemore.

This measure, if passed, would also hinder the ability of ELL students to learn and grasp the English language, thereby having a detrimental impact on their future.

As the “No on Measure 58” campaign gears up, CAUSA and the Oregon Coalition for Educational Equity will need volunteers for canvassing, phone banking and organizing house parties, community and voter forums.

To get more details on the campaign and how to get involved, please contact CAUSA at, or by calling 503-984-6816.


Anonymous said...

I read the text of this initiative on the state website. It doesn't prohibit teaching in a foreign language to English speakers, but not to non-English speakers. Is that a violation of equal protection? I'm thinking especially about dual-immersion programs where children who are speakers of either language come together in one classroom and learn eachother's language. English speakers could attend such classes according to my reading of the measure, but non-English speakers couldn't?

Xavier Chavez
Portland, OR

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