Next in line to be cut: ESL class at Castro
Original post made on Apr 25, 2009
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 24, 2009, 12:00 AM
on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm
If we enforced our immigration laws and demanded that employers used E-Verify, then we would not need ESL classes in our schools. Illegal immigrants need a tremendous amount of resources and our country can no longer afford to provide all the services illegal immigrants need.
Illegal immigrants are overcrowding our schools, our health care system, our housing, our emergency services, our jails, etc. Illegal immigrants are also taking scarce jobs that US citizens desperately need to survive. We need to enforce our immigration laws at every level!
on Apr 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Obviously the "free" English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Castro Elementary School for local parents isn't free. The Mountain View elementary district is short $2.6 million for the next 17 months. The high school district faces $2 million in reductions over the next 17 months, and approximately $1.3 million of this will come from the Adult School. Kit Miller a teacher started a petition to keep and continue the ESL class at Castro Elementary School. How will a petition create funds that aren't there from the school districts?
In the MV-Voice report a student, who currently attends the "free" ESL class, says she has no time to commute by bus to Moffett Boulevard every day. The student said, "She drops her three children off at Castro in the morning, and needs to be back by 11:15 a.m. to pick the youngest up from preschool". Why doesn't this particular parent/student show by example to her children how important a "free" education is by making sacrifices and attend classes at the Adult School campus. Rosa is the epitome of the Latino/Latina educational gap that exists in America. If school is too hard, don't attend. This country offers the tools to succeed, it's up to each individual to access and use the tools to succeed.
I am an immigrant to the U.S.A and I came to this country with the hopes that my hard work, determination and sacrifices will benefit my family. It has! The hardships my family and I endured to educate ourselves make the successes we have sweeter.
on Apr 27, 2009 at 8:39 am
People have an opportunity every day to learn the language. If someone wants to do it, they will.
Maybe next year I will go to Mexico and see if they have any SSL classes so I can learn at the expense of someone else's government.
Yeah, that will happen...