The panel was tasked with evaluating Measure 58, which proposes placing limits on bilingual education in public schools. After hearing from representatives of the campaigns for and against the measure, and upon close review of testimony provided by campaigns and background experts on the issue, the panel concluded 14 to 9 to oppose the measure. Upon deciding their position on the ballot measure, both sides drafted a position statement to provide voters with a clear assessment of the pros and cons of Measure 58. The text of the panel's Citizens' Statement is provided below.
The full version of the panel's Citizens' Statement is linked here!
Citizens' Statement in Opposition
Position taken by 14 of the 23 panelists.
MEASURE 58 IS NOT THE FIX WE NEED!
We oppose Measure 58 because it will not save taxpayer dollars
and will not guarantee English language profi ciency. M58 will
not help Oregon's children!
• Is projected to cost over $500 million in the fi rst two years
• Does not acknowledge research which shows most students
need more than 1-2 years to become proficient in English
• Does not allow flexibility for teachers to meet the needs of
• Does not allow for any flexibility or exceptions to the rigid one
to two year time lines
• Requires the legislature to determine what comprises English
Immersion for the entire state of Oregon
• Does not allow for local control
• Would eliminate current successful programs
• Is NOT the same as the more flexible laws passed in CA and
AZ, and no other state in the nation has a law as restrictive as
• May have unpredicted and/or unintended social and financial
After five days of receiving testimony about M58, we cannot
support it. According to published research the time lines
imposed are unrealistic. Not ALL students learn English in such
a short time frame. Most of our non-English speaking students
are already in English immersion programs. M58 will not solve
MEASURE 58 IS TOO COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS AND OUR
Citizens' Statement in Support
Position taken by 9 of the 23 panelists.
We members of the Citizen Initiative Review demonstration
support Ballot Measure 58 for the following reasons:
FOR THE CHILDREN OF OREGON, THE FUTURE OF
• Current programs have not worked for years so we need a
• The Oregon legislature has had their opportunity to address
this issue, they have not, and that is why we need Measure 58.
• We need a standardized English immersion program that is
more effective and less of a financial burden
• To efficiently and effectively use state funds by merging non-
English speaking students with native English speaking students
to achieve proficiency.
• The time line has been proven in other states to be sufficient
and it promotes accountability
• Immersion programs in other states have produced higher test
• This measure will help school districts be on equal ground. It
will also enhance teaching programs, simplify instructions, help
students learn, and grasp the English language more rapidly.
• Consistency across the state will keep students that transfer
from other schools from falling behind when they enter a new
• Estimated costs in other successful states is less than 15%
of what Oregon is currently spending per student, leading to
substantial savings in the future.
Oregon schools are not meeting required standards and need to
improve. We believe that this measure will greatly improve our
schools, helping children learn English while keeping up with