Massachusetts English Language Education in Public Schools Initiative

The Massachusetts English Language Education in Public Schools Initiative was a successful initiative voted on in the Massachusetts general election held on November 5, 2002.[1] It was one of three 2002 ballot measures put to public vote, and the only one to pass.

The initiative was reportedly financed by Silicon Valley multimillionaire Ron Unz,[2] while it was opposed by the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities.[3]


Question 2 on the ballot, "English Language Education in Public Schools".[4]

A YES VOTE would require that, with limited exceptions, all public school children must be taught English by being taught all subjects in English and being placed in English language classrooms.[3]
A NO VOTE would make no changes in English language education in public schools.[3]
Response Votes %
Yes 1,359,935 61.25%
No 640,525 28.85%
blank 219,841 9.90%

Source: [4]


  1. ^ Sailer, Steve (November 6, 2002). "Anti-Bilingualism Wins in Massachusetts". UPI. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Tench, Megan (November 3, 2002). "HEATED BATTLE OVER ENGLISH IMMERSION INTENSIFIES". The Boston Globe. p. B.6. Retrieved March 10, 2018 – via
  3. ^ a b c "2002 Information For Voters – QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition". 2002. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2002". Retrieved March 10, 2018.

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