More and more American states are passing English only when teaching.
This is America and in this country English is the official language recognized from state to state. Why then do we also have a Spanish alternative for pretty much everything? Is this Mexico? NO! If you want to live in America then learning to speak English is mandatory. It’s a waste of time and money to have a separate print for Spanish only speaking citizens. Every other country in the world focuses on its official language no matter how diverse the population might be.
While the federal government does not recognize an official language, roughly 30 states have passed laws designating English as the official language. A few states have gone further by requiring their public schools to teach only in English.
The federal government sets education standards and goals through laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and it occasionally uses the threat of reduced funding to compel states to comply. However, education policy and curriculum is set at the state and local level.
Only a few states have passed English only education laws, although there have been failed efforts in other states. For example, in 1998, California voters enacted a proposition that requires the state’s schools to teach only in English and to stop providing bilingual education programs, subject to certain exceptions. Although test scores of English-learning students rose after the proposition was passed, a report submitted to the California Department of Education after five years of review stated that there was no conclusive proof that English-only instruction was the cause of the rising scores. In 2014, California’s legislature passed a law to end the state’s experiment with English-only instruction (schedule to take effect in 2017).