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Learning Curve: District leaders tackle language barrier

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ROBERT NOTT

Learning Curve

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:29 am, Mon Aug 19, 2013.

“Sometimes people forget that they are public servants,” board member Steven Carrillo said during last Monday’s school board study session at the Educational Services Center. His comment was in response to complaints voiced during the public forum portion by Spanish-speaking parents and students, who said they had experienced problems with the registration process, language translation and the attitude of some school employees.

Some of the speakers said they were treated rudely because they spoke Spanish or because they did not have the $35 payment for the district’s activity fee. Others hinted that English-speaking parents were given no grief. One mother said her daughter no longer wants to go to school because she was bullied for being Mexican. Another girl said that either a teacher or a substitute teacher (she wasn’t quite clear about that part) told her she was wasting her time in school, “because I am illegal and I’m not good enough and I will never be good enough to be someone in life.”

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