Thursday, November 09, 2006

Learn English The Hard Way!

This is why those anti-immigrant propositions on the ballot last Tuesday were nothing but a sham to whip up public anger against them. Here's what Prop 300 will do in this state:
The proposition will also deny what educators estimate is 100,000 to 150,000 K-12 grade students in Arizona illegally access to in-state tuition when they are old enough to attend a community college or public university, effectively pricing them out of higher education.


About 10,000 students in Pima County participate in adult education classes, all run by Pima College, with the bulk of them, around 6,000, studying English as a Second Language. Another several thousand take basic literacy and GED courses.

The proposition will also potentially affect about 200 adults that participate in family literacy classes, taught alongside Head Start classes. The classes aim to help parents better support their children, who most often are U.S. citizens, do well in school.

Out of all the anti-immigrant measures, I thought this one would have been defeated. I'm a frayed knot.

The vast majority of folks want them to learn English but don't want them to have any access to the programs that will help to increase fluency. How compassionate. How conservative.

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