Skip to comments.Once Upon a Time in Texas, My (English-Speaking) Niece Hoped to Enter Pre-K...(*Vanity*)
Posted on 05/14/2006 8:08:23 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficient (LEP) Pilot Program
The following applications have been preliminarily selected to receive a grant for the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Pilot Program.
Revised 4/12/06 Contacts: Carlos Garza(Funding) Discretionary Grants Phone: (512) 463-9269 firstname.lastname@example.org Roberto Manzo (Program) Office Education Initiatives Phone: (512) 936-6060 email@example.com
Program Description: The purpose of the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Pilot Program is:
To implement multi-age programs serving 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds that assure that English language learning children receive appropriate activities to enter school prepared to succeed. The pilot program must provide many opportunities for the acquisition of English, while supporting the childs first language including social services, appropriate training and modeling, and research based curricula and supplies to enhance the development of both languages. Instruction must be in both languages so children can learn concepts in the language they understand while developing their English skills. Programs must include bilingual education specialists and continued professional education to support the teachers.
Grant Period: March 15, 2006 August 31, 2007.
List of Awardees:
Aldine ISD/Keeble EC/PK Prosper ISD VSA Arts of Texas McAllen ISD Little Elm ISD Santa Maria ISD Houston ISD/Energized for Excellence Academy, Inc.
According to the school administration, my niece must wait to learn if she will "make the cut" for pre-k this fall. No...it's not test scores nor any readiness evaluation that's holding them up. It will depend upon how many non-English-speaking children are enrolled for pre-k, as those children will be given the first slots.
I wonder how many children who are not American will be sitting in my niece's chair this fall.
-> Bilingual Education
--> English Language Proficiency Standards
So three year olds are already faced with a publish-or-perish dilemma?
"Hey, Susie, put down those Polly Pockets, you have some lab results to document."
She will go as far in life as her dedication will allow. Good luck and don't sweat the small stuff (and it's almost all small stuff).
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Perhaps, the brilliant educators who envisioned this pilot program might use a dictionary in the future to ensure the correct spelling of "big words" like c-u-r-r-i-c-u-l-u-m.
Life gives warnings of impending mis-steps.
Use this time to do a bit a reflection. The main question I think you should ask yourself is this:
Suppose your niece does get that classroom slot, are you sure you want her in a classroom that caters primarily to non-English speaking kids? That's what this waiting situation is telling you the classroom is going to be like.
My opinion, if you love your niece, you'll find something else for her.
unfortunately i cannot post them( my thoughts)here
That was my first thought, and I'm not a fan of lawsuits. But wouldn't this warrant a civil lawsuit?
Mine didn't attend daily pre-k. IMO, they were much better off at home.
My niece is in a rural area east of Williamson County.
I'd run it by a lawyer to see.
I know what you're saying but enough is enough. When it comes to being sued, then people usually straighten up.
I'd SERIOUSLY look into it.
I live in Nevada and my son is eligible for special ed due to Down's Syndrome. The "early childhood" class was made up of 20% significant delay/disabilities, 30% diagnosed speech delays, and 50% ESL (english as a second language).
Uh... two (2).. words?
Your niece is lucky. If you are so concerned about her future and her education, maybe you should consider gifting her with a year or so of private pre-school.
Like it or not, children born in this country are entitled to an education, no matter what language their parents speak at home. I cannot believe that you would prefer these same children grow up to be unproductive welfare recipients.
Last time I checked, the U.S.A. does not have an official language, english or otherwise.
Well, hispanics get first pick of the best schools in San Jose Unified.
I say these two observations have some correlation. In many locales, the average parent is going to be smarter than the average teacher, so I think they use gibberish to mask this reality and intimidate parents. It's not like medical jargon or legalese that actually has a purpose and meaning. It's just smoke being blown by an insecure guild.
they tend to bitch their way to the top evenly...
Agree, agree, agree. And to answer your last question, I sincerely doubt it.
I did not attend pre-K (or even 'K' for that matter), and somehow managed to graduate with honors (from both high school & college). I'm not saying this to brag (truly), but rather to point out that children can and do succeed without pre-K, or pre-pre-K, or who-knows-what.
Parents shouldn't be so eager to relinquish their children to the public school system, and kids really need to time to be 'just kids' ... childhood has become almost nonexistent in today's world.
Gosh, that's a pretty label.
Doesn't mean anything, but it's still a pretty diagram for abureacrat to get paid making.
Don't know which versions you have read but those of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America that I've perused were in English.
Ah, I know what that is. It's obviously the Union Label. Remember the little ditty, "Look for the Union Label"?
Yes, they were written in English, but do either of those documents state that a child, or any other citizen, for that matter, must speak english in order to be entitled to the same rights as any other?
Do you honestly believe that these "LEP" children are going to be made up of legal citizens? Two years ago, the stats were something like 3.5 million Texas residents were born outside of the U.S. At least a third of them are *illegally in the United States*.
Yes, it sucks that your taxes have to pay for something of which you are forbidden to partake but this is a blessing in disguise. Your niece will fare much better at home with one-on-one instruction.
I bought my house patrly based upon the new elementary school to be built a year later. So, three years later, my son is ready for kindergarten, and the school is "full". He'd have to go to school in another neighborhood.
We homeschool now.
While I can imagine it, I just can't imagine it.
Contrary to popular thought, preK is not necessary.
Yes, I actually do believe that the vast majority of 4 year olds trying to enter pre-k here in Texas are legal citizens of this country. You have to present both an original legal birth certificate AND a legal original social security card in order to enroll in school here.
All it takes to become a citizen is to be born here. It doesn't matter whether your parents are legally here or not. If you are born here, you are a citizen here, and if you are a citizen, you are entitled to be educated here.
Are you honestly saying that you believe 3-4-5 year olds are sneaking across the border on their own to steal a "real American" baby's education?
good grief, for real, omg.
Not to worry, it will just get worse for your niece and her generation of gringos.
Unless the recent defeat of god-like football coach Tom Osborne in Nebraska's
Republican gubernatorial primary is a sign that US citizens might just
be ready to say "enough already!".
Osborne was all for saving money by consolidating school districts
AND giving out money via in-state tuition for the children of ILLEGALS
at their state universities/colleges.
Haven't heard about the story? Probably NOT the story the MSM wanted to
lead the news...
The preK advocates in FL managed to get a ruling a couple of years ago that made preK mandatory for any child "in the system." They hoodwinked and maneuvered using a case where a child was injured or murdered (I can't remember), saying "if she had been in preK, she would be not injured/alive today." They use any in they can grab because, of course, their intention is to make preK mandatory for all children in this country. Get the kids away from the parents asap.
¿qué planeta usted vivo encendido?
My sister has a different view on preschool than I do. I'm trying to be of help to her without being judgemental.
That said, I'm growing really tired of paying for our friends born south of the border, breaking into our country for free healthcare, schooling and the like. Americans keep footing the bill for illegals, and I for one am so fed up with it............my goodness.
As for this 4 year old wanting to be in school...I think that this is probably her one opportunity to see and play with other children her age. Again, she lives in the middle of nowhere.
And as for your opinion of 4 year olds staying home to learn from their mommies...let the illegals keep *their* kids at home. After all, who better to communicate with a SSO child than its SSO mama?
You might want to ask the President what he thinks about your situation.
Your neice can get in line to buy food AFTER all the free-lunch kids have eaten. The kids not on freebies can only buy left-overs.
Home school or private school.
As Neal Boortz would say, don't take the best thing in your life and hand him/her over to the government to be educated. Does the government handle anything well?
I would have called the President, but the news reported that Vicente Fox already had him on another line and tied up.
"Last time I checked, the U.S.A. does not have an official language, english or otherwise."
No but 27 states have English as their official language (27 last I looked which was about a year ago, could be more now.) Don't know if Texas is on that list though.
"It's just smoke being blown by an insecure guild."
nice turn of phrase.
I wouldn't live out where my sister lives. However, her husband's income is limited, she's at home with two children, and another is in the 6th grade. Her situation is what it is.
I agree with you about the illegals. However, they are here and until we get rid of them it is to OUR advantage to educate them and make sure they are disease free. Giving them a head start on English is a good way to do that.
My children went to school in the Aldine ISD. My daughter graduated from Eisenhower.
It is easy to become frustrated with the school system in general and the problem with illegals makes it worse.
When my children were down there, from the early seventies until the early eighties, the school sent notes home wanting us to sign our kids up for free lunches. We definitely didn't need it nor qualify for it and our kids begged us not to sign it. I went to school to find out what was up and eventually learned that the more kids they had in the school lunch program the more money they got from the federal government, which assumed these were poor, needy kids. They were gaming the system just for the money.
It is those kinds of things that make our education system so expensive.
States/territories with English as official language: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
No, and I'd venture to guess that is because everyone spoke English. Heck, even the Indians learned to, without objection or mass demonstrations.
Tell me, DesertGirl, do you think English should be made the official language of the United States?