October 9, 2016

Prop 58

Yes on Prop 58

Promotes English Proficiency & Multilingual Education

Prop 58 ensures that all students can learn English as quickly as possible and that more children can learn two languages. Currently, an outdated law bans what we know to be the most effective way to teach English-language learners: using a combination of English language immersion and instruction in their native language.1

In a Nutshell
  • Prop 58 overturns portions of Prop 227, which was passed in the 1990’s to require English-only instruction for English language learners.2
Effect on SEIU Members
  • SEIU members whose children are English language learners will benefit from the best available instruction.
  • SEIU members whose children already speak English will have more chances to learn a second language.
Governor Jerry Brown
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson
California Chamber of Commerce
California Faculty Association
California Federation of Teachers
League of Women Voters of California
Los Angeles Times
SEIU California

Supporters Say
  • Prop 58 restores local control to our schools.
  • Prop 58 provides a better future for our children and our state.
  • Prop 58 has broad‐based support from local school districts, educators, parents and employers.
Ron Unz, advocate for Proposition 227
Mauro E. Mujica, U.S. English Chairperson
Opponents Say
  • Prop 58 is a “dishonest trick.”
  • Vote no and keep “English for the children”
For More Information:

  1. The Fresno Bee, “‘Yes’ vote on Prop 58 will ease school language barriers,” September 25, 2016
  2. California Secretary of State, “California General Election November 8, 2016, Official Voter Information Guide,” accessed August 18, 2016


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