Balearic Constitutionalist Front for Spanish to be recognized as a vehicular language in education

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The main constitutional entities of the Balearic Islands have registered this Friday in the Senate a letter addressed to all parliamentary groups, to collect their request for an amendment to be presented to additional provision number 38 of the so-called “Celaá law”, so that Castilian continues to be vehicular in teaching. This initiative has been jointly promoted by Societat Civil Balear, Mos Movem, Plis Educación, Foro Baleares and No vai de vaga.

The aforementioned document has been delivered in Madrid by the diplomat Inocencio Arias; the businesswoman and promoter of Mos Movem Úrsula Mascaró; the architect and member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando Mariano Gomá and the professor of Constitutional Law at the Rey Juan Carlos University, José Manuel Vera. The main objective pursued with this letter is to ensure that the different parliamentary groups «Be aware that the withdrawal of the term« vehicular » in the Celaá law it is an evident sign of the intention to definitively eliminate Castilian, or Spanish, as the vehicular language of instruction in communities with two official languages.

This same Friday, in parallel, the president of Plis Educación, Josep Ignasi Aguiló, held a meeting by videoconference with the senators of the PP José Vicente Marí and Pablo Ruz, as well as with the senators José Manuel Marín of Vox and Lorena Roldán of Cs, to explain the details of this initiative. It should be remembered that once the Organic Law modifying the LOE (Lomloe) or “Celaá law” was approved in Congress on November 19, it must now be debated in the Senate.

Previous jurisprudence

The letter registered this Friday in the Senate also asks the different parliamentary groups to review the historical sequence contained in that document regarding the concepts of “vehicularity” and “proportionality” applied to co-official languages in bilingual autonomous communities. With the arguments presented today, it is expected that the Upper House groups “deduce for themselves what intention is hidden behind the current wording of the thirty-eighth additional provision that has reached the Senate for consideration.” In support of their thesis, the five cited island entities recall in their writing three judgments of the Constitutional Court, a ruling of the Supreme Court and a report of the Ombudsman, among other texts.

It should be remembered that in the previous educational law, the Lomloe, the wording of the aforementioned additional provision was different, since the expression “vehicular” appeared in it explicitly. «The educational administrations guarantee the right of students to receive the teachings in Spanish, the official language of the State, and in the other co-official languages ​​in their respective territories. Spanish is the vehicular language of education throughout the State and the co-official languages ​​are also in the respective Autonomous Communities, in accordance with their Statutes and applicable regulations, ”stated that point of the LOMCE.

Currently, in the Lomloe or “Celaá law”, the aforementioned provision states that “the educational administrations will guarantee the right of students to receive education in Spanish and in the other co-official languages ​​in their respective territories in accordance with the Spanish Constitution, the Autonomy Statutes and the applicable regulations ”. For the aforementioned constitutional entities, the current wording supposes “despite its literalness and apparent respect for the Constitution, a legislative fraud” and therefore the Senate parties should “reject it or propose a new wording.”

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