Spanish is the historic official language of Puerto Rico. While English was installed as a co-official language in 1993, Puerto Rico's legislature and court system are conducted entirely in Spanish, with English translations available only upon request.
Puerto Rico is exempt from the English language testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.
English is mandatory in Puerto Rico's public schools, but it is taught as a foreign language. Students rarely receive more than 50 minutes of English instruction per day.
Fewer than 20 percent of Puerto Ricans can speak English fluently.
U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. (www.usenglish.org) now has more than 1.8 million members.