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.