"Today, nearly one-quarter of all California children in public schools–over 1,300,000–are classified as not proficient in English. Yet under the current system, centered on bilingual education, only about 5% of [non-English-speaking immigrant] children each year are found to have gained proficiency in English. Thus, our state's current system of language instruction has an annual failure rate of 95%."

—From the Web site of English for the Children (, the ballot campaign led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ron K. Unz to end bilingual education in California. The site contains the language of the initiative, news and opinion articles about the campaign, and personal stories of immigrant parents who want their children to be taught English in public schools. The campaign's address is 212 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014.

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