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The initiative of Proposition 227 was an example of “people making law,” written in response to apparent widespread discontent with the state’s policies regarding the education of English language learners (ELL) in public schools. The passage of Proposition 227 marked a significant event in California’s educational history— never before had the voting public been asked to vote on a specific educational strategy. Curriculum and programmatic decisions for students have generally been the responsibility of the education community.

E. an everyday practice. Especially in the global city, with its socially-culturally mixed population and high rate of change, it is extremely difficult to establish criteria for the labels of “insider/outsider” (Dürrschmidt & Bittner, 2007, p. 29). Ulrich Beck (as cited in Dürrschmidt & Bittner, 2007, p. 29) considers the learned perception of “this as well as that” as inherent to the logic of identity construction within real cosmopolitanization. Against the background of this amicable serenity with which people perceive one another is the suggestion of an interplay of post-national identities.

The huge group making up the “ground staff of globalization” for the most part does not 27 BARBARA T. SCHRÖTTNER experience the same upward mobility or social inclusion that “vagabonds” achieve (Dürrschmidt & Bittner, 2007, p. 33). To integrate immigrants and the subsequent generations into the receiving society is a major challenge that will have lasting social implications. The challenges of the first generation are significantly different from those of the second generation because the first is largely concerned with surviving and adjusting to the new context.

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