Monday, March 13, 2006

Garcia meets with Hispanic parents in bilingual town hall

According to this article in the Tennessean, Metro Public Schools Director Pedro Garcia held a town hall at Glencliff High School for Spanish-speaking parents. He met them halfway linguistically, speaking in both English and Spanish.

The article states that 11% of Metro students are Hispanic (approximately 8,000 of 73,000), which is about the same percentage of people in the U.S. who are Hispanic.

The article also stated that Hispanic students' test scores "lag behind" those of other ethnic groups. The accompanying explanatory chart shows five groups: White, Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Limited English Proficiency. The Hispanic students' scores were in the middle of those five groups but below the overall average.

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