FROM Patricia Gandara
CA voters will revisit bilingual education in November As Los Angeles public school students return to school Tuesday, more of them will enter language immersion programs. It’s an approach that’s become more and more popular despite Proposition 227, the state law that practically banned bilingual education back in 1998. A measure on the November ballot would repeal most of Proposition 227, effectively allowing teachers to teach in languages other than English. If it passes, how will instruction change for the 1.3 million English learners in California’s public schools?
Is Bilingual Education Making a Comeback? In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 227 , to require public-school instruction in English only. Prop 227 passed by 60%, ended bilingual education in California. Last week the State Senate education committee recommended that Prop 227 be repealed. Democrat Ricardo Lara wants another ballot measure in 2016.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.