Ruben Navarrette is a fool. And, he is published in the Sacramento Bee as an informed essayist on the Latino population.
Navarrette is a paranoid fool who spends too much time reading Tea Party/ Republican talking points developed and funded by the Koch brothers. He is primarily a source on the fringe party element of the Tea Party. Read his other writings on Cesar Chavez and the UFW, you will see his very conservative perspective.
RE: bilingual education establishment. I guess he hasn't read the paper since 1996. Bilingual Education was eliminated in almost all California schools with Prop. 227. - an anti immigrant proposition much like those of Arizona and Alabama. In Sacramento City Schools, for example, there are 77 schools. Five of the schools have a bilingual program for less than 20% of the students in the schools. It usually lasts 2-3 years of schooling at best. Only one school is fully bilingual, The Language Academy. The Academy is a charter school. Only parents who want to have their children there are enrolled. The same campus has an English language school. The hypocrisy of Navarette and his Tea Party allies is revealed.
First, they campaigned and eliminated most all Bilingual Programs. Then, they cut the budgets and slashed the programs in English as a Second Language. For the bigots among this strain, they just don't want Latino and Mexican American kids to be successful in school.