Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Hispanic students said that she forbid the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
I grew up in a border town in Texas where almost half of the kids in my class lived in Mexico, & I had multiple grade school teachers who also banned speaking Spanish in the classroom. This discrimination happens all too often in many schools & it just absolutely cripples the student’s ability to learn.
September 16, 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Around eight million pre-and primary school children began the new Venezuelan school year today, with the government announcing the distribution of free textbooks and laptops to educational centres.
This year the government will distribute 35 million textbooks to state primary and high schools from its Bicentenary Collection, which covers the national curriculum. This marks an increase from last year when 30.75 million books were distributed under the system, and 12 million in 2011.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro lauded the government’s preparations for the school year, stating on Saturday that policies were designed to provide “quality” education to all.
“To begin classes on Monday and take children to school, we’re going to begin handing out 35 million textbooks so that classes start with the best quality,” he said at an official event.
The government is also planning to distribute 5 million copies of the National Constitution to schools this term in order to raise awareness of the constitution’s contents and promote the values defended in its articles.
The government will also distribute 650,000 free “Canaima” laptops to children from 1st to 6th grade this school term. A further 1.4 million will be handed out in 2014, bringing the total distributed since 2008 to 4 million.
Assembled in Venezuela, the Canaima laptops are manufactured as part of a cooperation agreement with Portugal.
Further, under the government social program “A Drop of Love for My School”, repairs were made to 1000 educational centres over the summer holidays.
Meanwhile in America, Philly public schools are forced to fundraise for their textbooks & supplies while PA builds brand new multi-million dollar prisons.
You cannot crowdsource a quality education for the students of Philadelphia. More importantly, you cannot crowdsource teachers and counselors. It is shameful to ask the parents, students, and teachers, who have already given up so much, to donate to the institution of public education. It is the job of the Mayor to get money from Governor Corbett who, by the way, is building 2 new prisons at the expense of $400 million. Additionally, Corbett is withholding the much needed $45 million in federal money owed to Philadelphia school system until more concessions can be won from the teacher’s union.
Philadelphia Student Union, commenting on the new crowdsourcing campaign that is forcing Philly schools to fundraise for textbooks & other supplies.