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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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