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|Douglas County Voters Support One Year Bilingual Program
Douglas County voters overwhelmingly support a proposed Colorado ballot initiative to limit bilingual education to one year. Support was across party lines and ideology. Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 90 percent of Republicans gave it support. Even self described liberals said they supported it (73%).
The initiative proposed by Congressman Tom Tancredo and former Reagan White House official and columnist Linda Chavez, has just begun the formal approval process to gain access to the Colorado November ballot.
In a six county Denver metro survey in 1998 a question asking about limiting bilingual education to "not more than 2 years and require intense instruction in English" received 67 percent support.
Denver Public Schools currently operate the states largest bilingual program and has recently limited it to three years.
Douglas County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. It now has more than 160,000 residents. Seventy-two percent of the residents arrived the last decade and 47 percent came from one of the other counties in the metro area. A third of the new arrivals came from another state or country.