California Ed.G.E. Initiative Aimed at Amending Prop. 227 Advances out of Senate Education Committee

April 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) advanced out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 7 to 0. The bill, SB 1174, would place an initiative before voters on the November 2016 ballot and ask them to amend portions of Proposition 227 which limits public school instruction to English-only.

“In the globalized world we live in, our state’s economic success depends on our ability to educate our workforce and prepare the next generation with 21st Century skills to compete and succeed in a global economy,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “This is about giving our students and state the educational and economic edge. Employers across all sectors are increasingly citing the need for multilingual and multiliterate employees to conduct business.”

In 1998 voters passed Proposition 227 that required all instruction in public schools to be conducted in English. After its passage, the number of elementary age students enrolled in some form of multilingual program sharply declined from 39 percent in 1997 to 13 percent in 2001.

The bill will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Contact: Jesse Melgar (916) 651-4033/  Jesse.Melgar@sen.ca.gov