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Why dual-language immersion is needed in urban school districts NOW

imageVergara v. State of California seeks to strike down laws protecting teachers due process.  Vergara believes teachers rights are damaging the civil rights of poor children, and turning a blind eye to the true culprit- poverty.  A recent article on Capital and Main takes a closer look at the merit of the lawsuit.

Are job protections for teachers to blame for educational underachievement among low-income students of color in California? That’s the provocative question ostensibly at the heart of Vergara vs. California, which seeks to invalidate the tenure, due process and seniority rights of hundreds of thousands of educators.

 

Vergara, a Latino student, brought about the lawsuit in August 2012, a month prior to the state assuming control over IUSD claiming teachers rights are destroying the education of poor people. Los Angeles Unified School District, along with other districts, are named as defendants.

Latinos have successfully utilized the Parent Trigger Law, which current State Superintendent Tom Torlakson voted against as an Assembly member, where parents can assume control of their failing school.  Attempts in Compton Unified School District were unsuccessful and Inglewood Unified School District is out of harms way while we are under state control.  That hasn’t stopped Parent Revolution employees from attempting to cozy up to Inglewood elected officials and commissioners to drum up support.

Many speculate there is NO direct correlation of teachers rights impairing poor kids education, whereas poverty does.  Free and reduced meals include unhealthy food and drinks served to the kids twice a day in school lunchrooms and we wonder why children are obese and have rotten teeth?

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How can kids concentrate and sit still with that amount of sugar being pumped into them?  There’s more sugar in this juice than a can of soda, and a soda is twice the size.

This author will further argue that the lack of understanding English is another issue state officials are refusing to address.  A dual-immersion program is needed.  Parent Centers on IUSD campuses should also be reopened so parents have a place they can learn English, without having to go to district offices.  If ALL students in IUSD knew the state recognized language, black teachers wouldn’t be on the chopping block because of language barriers.

Genesis 11:1-9 discusses how all people in The Lord’s kingdom, at one time, spoke the same language and they attempted to build a tower to heaven to make a name for themselves.  The Lord’s response?  He shut that down.

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

The United States was built on the backs of Blacks, and now Latinos are the next ethnic group to be exploited for financial and political gain.

Efforts to keep Blacks uneducated and out of politics are being replicated with Latinos.  Blacks benefited from the Emancipation Proclamation and a rogue President Lincoln who was looking to save the Republican Party by bringing in Blacks.  Then we became Democrats with the New Deal.  Latino’s are still waiting for immigration reform and citizenship applications to be processed decades after applying. Why else would former City of Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tell Latino’s to check white on the 2010 census? Looks like the Republican Party needs new victims.

Education policies that refuse to evolve with the times keeps our students, without regard to ethnicity, unable to compete within a global economy that the United States helped to create.

Teachers bear the brunt of implementing teaching lessons based on criteria developed within the California Department of Education.  Inglewood Unified School District just had students prepare all year for the CST and then last-minute changed to a new test, that the students were never taught.  Can’t blame teachers when the district office changes plans days before testing.

Do I believe teachers should be fired for molesting students? Yes.  Should teachers be fired for stealing? Yes.  Should teachers be fired because students don’t perform at state mandated test levels?  Absolutely not.

Read the full case of Vergara v. State of California


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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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