PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters have rejected a ballot measure proposing to limit how much time public school students can spend in English as a Second Language classes.
The vote was failing by almost 10 points the night of Nov. 4 with 45 percent of ballots counted.
If passed, the measure would have required non-English speaking students to learn English within two years.
The measure was sponsored by Bill Sizemore. He said limiting students’ time in English as a Second Language classes would encourage them to learn English faster.
Opponents say the measure imposes a “one-size-fits-all” standard on students.
There are more than 60,000 non-English speaking students in Oregon’s public schools. Most speak Spanish. ♦