The Official language Movement

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Running head: THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE MOVEMENT 1 The Official Language Movement Andrew J. Ayers ETH/125 April 21, 2011 Teresa Edge
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THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE MOVEMENT 2 The Official Language Movement Bilingualism/Bilingual Education http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/bilingualism-bilingual- education#ixzz1Jr6Uu3nc This website discusses how the rights of ethnic minorities in the United States have been a source of public controversy for almost two decades. Organized opposition to bilingualism, which collectively became known as the English-Only movement, began in the 1980s. They discuss how the opposition began and how some states starting with Florida have designated English as their official language, then California with the passage of Proposition 63 in 1986, and by the mid-1990s 22 states had passed similar measures. In August of 1996, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a margin of 259-169, passed a bill to make English the official language of the federal government. (However, President Bill Clinton vowed to veto the bill if it passed the Senate)They also state that observers attribute the English-Only movement to backlash against immigration and affirmative action, spurred by the fear of competition for jobs and a resentment of government spending on bilingual programs.
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