LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – California voters have repealed a nearly two-decade-old mandate that English learners be taught almost exclusively in English in school.

Proposition 58 won on Tuesday, netting 73 percent of the first 3.5 million votes counted.

The proposition paves the way for more bilingual education by undoing a 1998 ballot measure requiring schools to use English immersion for most students not fluent in English.

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