One of the most rise in the United States is use of non-English languages, especially Spanish. Language nevertheless remains a social issue with strong emotional overtones while the U.S. has so far avoided the bitter fights that have taken place in some other countries. Politically, the issue has surfaced primarily in two way. efforts by some advocates to adopt English as an official language and thus in some way to limit government usage of other languages, and efforts in some states to curtail the use of bilingual education. in the November 2002 election to sharply limit the use of bilingual education, where non-English-speaking students learn subjects in their native languages (usually Spanish) while learning English in separate classes came the most recent test of U.S. attitudes on the latter issue. Voters split on the issue — voters in the Bay State by about a 2-1 margin approved the measure, which is designed to put most non-English-speaking students in English-only classes as it turned out. Colorado voters, however, rejected a similar proposal. There are much more things you should have know about bilingual education and they will help you a lot during your studies.

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Massachusetts voters followed the lead of voters in California and Arizona, where similar measures were approved in 1998 and 2000, respectively in their decision. The Colorado vote marked the first ballot setback for the English immersion movement.  Those who oppose bilingual education are also advocates of "English only" legislation generally. Those on the other side sometimes accuse the English immersion advocates of xenophobia and sometimes even racism, but such allegations aren't always fair. For example, the Latino community was divided on the issue in Massachusetts. The dispute doesn't appear to be whether immigrants should learn English, but how in some cases. The issue becomes one of trust in professional educators, who have tended to side with bilingual education, versus those who look somewhat nostalgically on the "sink or swim" approach used by immigrants to learning English decades ago. The measures to curtail bilingual education have had mixed results in both California and Arizona, which have especially high Spanish-speaking populations. Neither outlawed bilingual education per se, but instead strongly encouraged school officials to immerse children in an English-only environment. The mandate has been resisted by educators, who fear that the "sink or swim" approach to learning English will be frustrating to students and increase the dropout rate, particularly in California.  Some 150,000 California students remain in bilingual programs despite the law, according to opponents of bilingual education. The measures on the Colorado and Massachusetts ballots — they were financially backed by Ron Unz, a Californian and millionaire software developer — included a provision apparently designed to indirectly punish educators who resist. It would allow students who later claimed they didn't learn English well to sue teachers and administrators, holding them personally liable if they kept the students in a bilingual program. Massachusetts' governor-elect, Mitt Romney, said during the campaign that he backed efforts to curtail bilingual education but didn't support making educators personally liable for students' failure to learn English adequately