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1. Problem Definition- Current immigation trends to the United States indicate an increasing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Public School System. By the year 2030, ELLs are expected to comprise 40 percent of the student population in the public school system. Furthermore, between the 1990 and 2000 census years the Hispanic population in California increased by 6 percent. (appendix 5 and 6) It is essential that these students learn both English and academic content in school in order to become productive members of society at the conclusion of their public school education. Some states, such as California and Arizona through their implementations of Propositions 227 and 203 respectively, believe the best way to accomplish this goal is through the implementation of English Immersion Programs (EIPs). However, some states believe that bilingual education, which involves teaching academic content in the native language and teaching English later on, is the best solution to this problem. 1 Policy Problem : The state legislature of New Avery must implement a teaching strategy to educate the increasing number of non-native English speakers in the public school system so that they may one day become educated, efficient and productive members of American Society. Currently, the senate is leaning towards English Immersion as the answer. Analysts’ Problem: How effective have language immersion programs been in other states? Would language immersion programs be a reasonable and efficient measure for the state senate to enact to teach English to non-native English speaking immigrants in the public school system? If language immersion programs are not a reasonable and efficient measure to take, what is the best alternative? How much will the proposed program cost the state? Will the benefits of implementing a program outweigh these costs? Should the Senate elect to take action in the form of implementing a policy similar to proposition 227, or should the senate elect to not take any action whatsoever? 2. Background Information a) Legislative History State bills/laws : .In 1998, California passed Proposition 227, a bill which made English Immersion Programs the primary method of instruction for ELLs. Soon after the passage of Proposition 227, Arizona and Massachusetts followed with “Proposition 227-like” bills of their own in the forms of Proposition 203 and Question 2 respectively. Many other states have introduced bills regarding the best method to instruct ELLs as is shown in Appendix 7. However, some bills failed to pass, while others are still waiting to be voted upon. Furthermore, many states have passed “Official English Laws”, which make English the official language of the state. (See Appendix 8) These laws could impact EIP legislation in the future. Federal bills/laws : 1
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See Appendix 9 (b) Political Environment Supporters : Interest groups such as US English INC.
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  • Fall '06
  • AVERY,R.
  • Language immersion, Bilingual Research Journal

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