POLL: Should Dearborn Schools Do More for Non-English Speaking Students?
Costly and unnecessary, or a necessity for students and parents? Patch readers have their say on the federal ruling.
Are Dearborn Public Schools doing enough to address the needs of non-English speaking parents and students?
The results of a review by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released last week said no, and ordered the district to increase its services. A plan for those changes must be submitted to the OCR by June 29.
In the meantime, Dearborn Patch readers are at odds over whether the ruling was fair, or even necessary.
"Let local schools and the community decide how to run their own programs," wrote Patch reader Al in a comment. "I see a costly restructuring in the future."
"Dearborn Public Schools are one of the few districts that I know that goes above and beyond for its non-English speaking students and families," added reader Kawthar Ali, a former Dearborn resident who now teaches in California. "Let's focus on what DPS is doing well and how as a community we can help them improve rather than put more pressure on them."
Some, however, feld that the focus should be on ensuring that students and parents learn English, rather than the district expending resources to meet the needs of those who do not.
Argued Patch reader Lee Jacobsen: "A little summer school, volunteer taught by English speaking Middle East folk from Dearborn, should do the job. Where does the federal government come in? They can pay Dearborn some funds to keep a school or two open to conduct the language classes.
"If folk from other lands want the benefits of the USA, they need to adapt."
Dearborn teacher Yasmine Sion Ferris contested on Facebook that she has seen "the funding continuously being cut for bilingual assistance" in Dearborn schools.
"While I believe that our students should learn and receive their education in English," she added, "if they can get the help for them to transition to that point of success why are we not offering it?"
Where do you stand? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.