Monday, December 29, 2003

National Education association pays for Spanish lessons for Nashville teachers

"A $5,000 National Education Association (NEA) Urban Grant awarded recently will provide for the materials, advertising and instruction for several 8-10-week courses to be held at McGavock and Hunters Lane high schools next semester."

The free courses are designed to improve the teachers' ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking parents.

"'Communication is critical in schools,' said Jamye Merritt, vice president of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA) and community education coordinator for Hunter’s Lane. 'We’re calling them survival Spanish courses to bridge the communication gap.'"

"Roughly 6,000 Spanish-speaking students are enrolled in Nashville public schools, a number that officials have seen rise steadily in recent years."

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