Districts find funding for ESL class

Adult course at Castro focuses on 'family literacy and parental involvement'

Administrators in both Mountain View school districts say they have found funding and space for an English language class for Spanish-speaking parents, and the program will continue next year despite steep budget cuts.

For several years the Mountain View-Los Altos High School and Mountain View Whisman Elementary School districts have collaborated to offer the free class at Castro Elementary School for Latino parents, who drop their kids off at the campus and spend the morning there learning English.

But last month administrators said they would have to terminate the class at the end of this school year. The Adult School is facing $1.3 million in cuts and could no longer afford to contribute to the program.

After teachers and parents petitioned to keep the class alive, district administrators announced on Tuesday that they had found funding for the program. To do so the districts turned the class into a "Community-Based English Tutoring" program, meaning it receives its funding from a different source. Administrators said the teacher and curriculum will remain the same, and will continue to focus on helping parents contribute to their children's education.

"Family literacy and parental involvement are core priorities for both MVLA and MVWSD," administrators wrote in a press release. "Both districts recognize the educational benefit for students whose parents develop English language fluency."

To fund the class, the districts canceled a similar evening course at Monta Loma Elementary School. Administrators said they will continue to offer the morning class there, and another similar evening class at Castro.

Parents interested in English classes should contact the Adult School for more information at (650) 940-1333.


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Posted by Mr. USA
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

Too bad

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

USA is a registered user.

Nice try, but I have a registered handle.

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Posted by a tax payer
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

thats GREAT because education is key, and thanks to MR.C my english skills are much better.

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Posted by When fair is foul and foul is fair
a resident of Castro City
on May 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Now if they could only find funding for the education of US citizens. I think it is a shame that we are canceling programs and classes for US citizens, but we find funding for programs for illegal immigrants.

The world has gone mad.

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Posted by huh, why?
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

"When fair is foul and foul is fair" has a valid point that US citizens education is being disregarded while the districts are bending over backwards for illegal immigrants. The high school district board and community members met last Monday, April 27th Web Link regarding deep cuts to the adult school. Adult school director Laura Stefanski says there's going to be an increase of fees for some programs. The district administrators announced on Tuesday that they had found funding for the Castro school free ESL program. The funding decisions don't make sense! The administrators and boards should be ashamed of themselves.

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Posted by Miss Shame
a resident of North Whisman
on May 4, 2009 at 7:43 pm

What a dirty rotten low down shame.

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