Por Que Están Desapareciendo Los Libros? On the Hunt for Spanish Books in Schools
Lucia Buttaro

This paper describes part of an ecological study of the Spanish print environment in one community in central Los Angeles. I conducted a “community study” in order to examine the impact of Proposition 227, California’s restrictive educational linguistic legislation on the students in the community. Here I report findings from teacher surveys, classroom observations, and an interview with one biliterate first grade student. I examine access and availability of Spanish reading materials and explore the implications for the literacy development of Spanish speaking emergent bilinguals.

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