Proposition 58: English proficiency

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Proposition 58 is the English proficiency proposition. 

It repeals most of Prop-227, which was called the "English in Public Schools" initiative.

That was passed by voters in 1997. Repealing that initiative would allow non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.

Supporters say it will allow all students to become proficient in English earlier and encourage English speaking students to learn a second language.

Those in favor of Prop-58 include the California Democratic party, California Federation of Teachers and San Diego State University.

Opponents say it eliminates the requirement that California children be taught English in public schools and overturn policies that actually improved language education.

The California Republican and Libertarian Party both oppose Prop-58.

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