Legal Status of official English in Massachusetts
A ballot initiative to restrict bilingual education succeeded in 2002. Although in 1975, this state made English its official language (see below), it had until 2002 required immigrant children to be educated in foreign languages.
Official Language Law of Massachusetts (1975)
Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
No person shall [have the right to vote, or] be eligible to office under the constitution of this commonwealth, who shall not be able to read the constitution in the English language, and write his name: — provided, however, that the provisions of this amendment shall not apply to any person prevented by a physical disability from complying with its requisitions, nor to any person who now has the right to vote, nor to any persons who shall be sixty years of age or upwards at the time this amendment shall take effect.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN MASSACHUSETTS
|1,115,570||All languages other than English combined|
|370,011||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|159,809||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|84,484||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|898||Other Native North American languages|