1839 Ohio is the first state to have a bilingual education law
This allowed German-English instruction
1842New York legislature passes the Maclay Bill, which bars all religious instruction from public schools and denies any state money to denominational schools. This decision spreads,and becomes official policy.
1934The Commissioner of Indian Affairs, John Collier, rescinds the Bureau of Indian Affairs official policy of repressing native languages. In practice, however, the policy continues until the 1940s and 50s.
1959- A renaissance of bilingual education occurs with the arrival of Cubans flocking to Miami after the revolution. New immigrants start their own private bilingual schools and eventually establish a public bilingual school in the Miami school system.
The population of foreign-born residents swells by 40 percent, the population of speakers of minority languages grows by 38 percent, and 37 percent of United States residents report some difficulty with English.
1998California voters overwhelmingly (61 to 39 percent) approve Proposition 227, an initiative that eliminates the state’s bilingual education programs and requires that all instruction be conducted in English. (Bilingual Education)