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Coloradans decide future of bilingual education

By P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer
November 5, 2002

A proposal to dismantle bilingual education appeared headed for
defeat in early returns today.

With 650 of 3,269 precincts reporting, Amendment 31 had
217,756 "no" votes, or 54 percent, and 182,169 "yes" votes, or
46 percent.

An almost identical measure in Massachusetts was approved by

The proposal supported by California businessman Ron Unz, faced
well-funded opposition in Colorado. It was similar to measures
approved by Californians in 1998 and Arizonans in 2000.

The proposal would replace bilingual education with an intensive
English-immersion program aimed at getting them into regular
classrooms after one year.


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