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English Language Learners frustrated by Manchester system (NH)
Union Leader ^ | July 16, 2012 | Mark Hayward

Posted on 07/16/2012 5:59:27 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes

MANCHESTER — Flor D'Liz Gomez arrived in Manchester when she was in the eighth grade. And although she attended regular classes at Hillside Middle School, she was flagged as an English Language Learner and placed in ELL study hall by the time she got to Central High School, she recounted in a recent interview.

She told her guidance counselor she didn't need the ELL study hall, but she ended up alongside students struggling with English.

“It made me feel like, 'Is there something wrong with me?'” Gomez said. Her country? America. Her place of birth? Cambridge, Mass.

(Excerpt) Read more at unionleader.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: education; language; school; teacher
Little incentive exists, they say, to move out of the ELL program, which collects federal dollars for every enrolled student.

What a great system we have let the "educators" build for us.

1 posted on 07/16/2012 5:59:41 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes
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To: Past Your Eyes
I had the same thing growing up. I was the only hispanic in my class, short and dark, I looked like Juan Valdez's young son. They took me aside three times, and "interviewed" me to make sure that I didn't need to go into special classes to learn english.

I was born in the USA, and I spoke (and still do) PERFECT standard American midwestern English. But they kept trying to get me into the class. I was mildly annoyed, but somewhat amused too.

Recently, my son, who also speaks perfect english, was singled out as needing special english classes. He is very shy, and during his interview, he didnt talk much, so they figured he needed classes. Hilarious.

2 posted on 07/16/2012 6:06:33 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Paradox

They get federal funding for ELL. Nuff said. They need ‘help’?? Mainstream the whole lot of the kids; works for the Catholic schools.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 6:13:00 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Paradox

It seems to me that any teacher worth his salt should be able to evaluate a student in just a few minutes as to whether they really need such a program in order to learn. Heck, I bet even I could do it.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 6:14:10 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
I was reading quickly and assumed this was Manchester, UK and that it was a put-down of how American talk, and how the Queen's school system found our command of English to be somewhat wanting.

Nope. It's just US. Being stupid. As usual.

5 posted on 07/16/2012 6:16:59 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Paradox

They did that to all of us for the free/reduced lunch program.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 6:17:13 AM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Deep in the article is this key statement.

“Little incentive exists, they say, to move out of the ELL program, which collects federal dollars for every enrolled student.”

If you want less of something, tax it. If you want more, subsidize it.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 6:22:13 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Paradox
These same enlightened ones will, with a sincere straight face, lecture others against stereotyping people.
8 posted on 07/16/2012 6:46:15 AM PDT by MCF
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To: Paradox

Recently, my son, who also speaks perfect english, was singled out as needing special english classes.

^^^
Sounds like racial profiling to me. I hope you raised a ruckus.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 7:08:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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Reminds me of our youngest daughter's 1st day in school.

She resembles my wife, Hispanic, and when she came home that day, she started mouthing words that we'd never taught her.

When we asked her where she heard them, she told us she had been sent to a room with "otros espanol". We made sure that was her last time there.

The Spanish bi-lingual programs are the most execrable racket going. Romney should get a Hispanic spokesperson to speak out against them (Rubio?). They are not popular with the kind of Hispanic who votes.
10 posted on 07/16/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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