Education: Lau and Order

Bell's knell for bilingual rules

The goal, Secretary of Education Terrel Bell explained last week, was "to telegraph a message of change to the American people." Bell's zinging telegram: his department is withdrawing the regulations proposed last August requiring public schools to give bilingual instruction to children deficient in English. Bell, who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education under Gerald Ford, called the regulations an unwarranted Federal Government "intrusion on state and local responsibility." And he went beyond that to offer a blistering attack on the regulations as a symbol of the bloated...

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