Protesting Lack Of Translations In The NYC Public Schools
January 11th, 2006

In its editorial today, El Diario urges Mayor Michael Bloomberg in both Spanish and English to change his mind on the Educational Equity Bill (sometimes called the Education Equality Act), which (as the newspaper explains in the English version) “guarantees that the city Department of Education will translate important documents and provide interpreters for the parents of students in the New York City public schools.”

The City Council passed the bill last month. Bloomberg has said he will veto the bill on the grounds that the City Council does not have the legal authority to pass the legislation, and also because of the cost. “We can`t demand that parents get involved, ” El Diario writes, “then speak to them in a language they don`t understand.”

In an effort to lobby the mayor to pass the bill, the New York Immigration Coalition will hold a rally tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, holding signs with the slogan “Open the Schoolhouse Door: Pass Intro. 464” in English and Spanish.

By on January 11, 2006, 6:13 pm
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2 Responses to “Protesting Lack Of Translations In The NYC Public Schools”

  1. Elana Says:
    January 12th, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Andrew Friedman of Make the Road By Walking has written lots of Op-Eds on the Education Equity Act and blogged a lot about it on the DMIblog. His organization has been at the center of this fight so his insight is particularly helpful.

    http://www.dmiblog.net/archives/language_access/
    for a list of blogs on Language Access.

  2. public Says:
    February 15th, 2006 at 9:46 am

    No Child Left Behind

    Archived:Family Involvement in Children’s Education

    See Breaking the Lanquage Barrier.

    http://www.ed.gov/PDFDocs/97-7022.pdf

    New York Lottery supposedly uses money for New York State Education. Many Hispanics pay into the education system buy purchasing Lottery tickets. The conflict I see is that the state takes money from Hispanics but wont provide this important service to the Hispanic parents regarding their childrens progress in school. Over 40% of the children in the NYC system are Hispanic and contrary to NCLB, these children are being left behind. I see this as a big failure in the NYC government and school environment. The governors veto is not for the good for the Hispanic communities and not good for the State of New York. Childrens education and bad policies dont mix. New York State motto Excelsior means “Ever Upward.” Lets move forward.

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