Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Franklin explores academic rezoning to spread out English Language Learners

"Liberty Elementary has seen its Hispanic population increase dramatically over the last several years. Liberty is also the district's largest elementary school in terms of overall student numbers. On the other hand, Franklin Elementary has slowly seen its low-income population increase. By spreading those students out a bit more through rezoning, Snowden said, everyone in the district can benefit from the diversity while also not placing any undue burden on certain schools."

"'[A] larger population of non–English-speaking students at one school creates more challenges for the teachers as well as a school as a whole.'"

"'The problem that we have is, we have put a strain on one of our schools and it is our duty to do a lot of things and one of them is to education all the children as best we can and provide an equal education for all,' said school board chairman John Schroer. 'Because most (of the English Language Learners students) are concentrated in the Liberty zone, it has had an impact.'"

"The same goes for schools that have a high concentration of students from low-income families."

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