Today the English as a New Language Program learned that they are pulling their ENL teachers out of their classes and making them go into the classes as co-lab teachers in the regular classes to act as translators. The current program is a regular intensive class that count as English credit where all students, regardless of language background, learn English grammar, vocabulary, writing and reading skills. The majority of students are successfully passing their ECA exams, graduating and many are attending college.
Why are we trashing this program on the advise of an elementary teacher who was just recently moved to an adminstrative post? Furthermore a well qualified candidate who has been teaching in our district and is fluent in Spanish was passed over by a transplant from New York CIty from a school with a graduation rate of less than 69% and has a limited knowledge of Japanese? The hired candidate has only a substitute certificate in Indiana. Why are we ruining the a successful program that is helping our students and the tests show it works!