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Calif. Governor Vetoes Bill on Special Textbooks for ELLs

By Mary Ann Zehr — October 10, 2006 1 min read
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California has vetoed a bill that called for special textbooks for the state’s 1.6 million students with limited English proficiency.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Martha Escutia, a Democrat, was meant to counter an April 17 decision by the California state board of education to approve a new curriculum framework for language arts for 2008 that didn’t include separate textbooks for English-language learners.

“I cannot endorse any effort which may lead to the creation “of separate curricula and textbooks that will isolate these students within our public schools,” wrote Gov. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, in vetoing the bill on Sept. 29.

A version of this article appeared in the October 11, 2006 edition of Education Week

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