The Proposition 227
Teacher Perceptions and Behavior
I don't think there has been a real change in relations between
the teachers and the district administration because of
Proposition 227 because the schools were very different to
begin with. Even before 227, Open Valley was very pro-
bilingual education, had bilingual teachers, and the community
was very involved in their program. At Westway, the
community wasn't as supportive, it wasn't a comprehensive
program, so they were already set up towards more of an
English Language Development model. It's just that Prop. 227
made it very easy for us to say: Now it's your choice.
(Curriculum Director, December 10, 1999, Interview)
In discussing the influence Proposition 227 implementation had on relations among Westway, Open Valley, and the district office, Walton's Curriculum Director [Nancy Ketchem] stressed that districtlevel decisions created minimal tension in the district because they were based on existing instructional strengths and ideologies at the two schools. From the district perspective, Proposition 227 implementation did not cause a major disturbance because the district developed a plan that fit existing climates at the school sites.