There are nearly 350 languages spoken in America. In nearly one third of all American households, English is not the primary language spoken. Bilingual people are efficient in the use of more than one language. Some critics view bilingual education as an impediment, rather than a means, to acquire proficiency in English. Others fear the use of Spanish in our country may someday threaten English. They point to Canada, divided over the use of French and English, and say this can happen here also. Supporters say bilingual skills are not threats to American society, but assets. They claim bilingual education programs were created to help second-language children learn English, obtain an education and integrate into our society. They say that without these programs, these children will lag behind their peers and may never fulfill their academic or personal potential.
H.R.2516 – PRIDE Act
I oppose reforming current bilingual education policy and wish to defeat H.R.2516
I support awarding up to five grants for the implementation of dual language demonstration programs designed to enhance and assess the biliteracy and bilingualism skills of low-income minority and limited English proficient children from preschool through grade five, and wish to pass H.R.2516