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Tackling the achievement gap

Original post made on May 12, 2008

As the proportion of Hispanic students in Mountain View approaches 50 percent, local school officials are struggling mightily to understand how to bring this soon-to-be-majority up to a level of learning that is acceptable to increasingly tough federal mandates.

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Posted by Paul Miller
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

The best solution is for the school district to expand preschool programs for all children, especially those who are not fluent in English. Preschool programs have teachers that reflect the language and ethnic diversity of the children served.
Not only do children have an easy time acquiring two or more languages when they are of preschool age, but by the time they enter K-12 education systems, there are few staff of most school districts that can speak Spanish. Of the approximately 4,200 children in the District, 43% are Hispanic according to Ed-Data while almost 81% of the staff are White.

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Posted by DG
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm

The problem is not them, you see...

It is how they live. I have been to California st, and Latham st. All ghettos- in my view.
Their parents are rarely home, and even if they are present- they barely speak english, thus not allowing the student to ask them for help. Or asking to study with them to help upgrade their language skills.

Now, you can simply get rid of them. But one thing you must know- is that Latinos are able to learn quick , and become really determined when struck with confidence. The only confidence they need here, is to know english. Once they are rapidly absorbing the language, and American culture. They shall have no problem keeping up, they may even surpass some natural born citizens.

Another thing i want to mention, is putting an end to the gangs in Mountain View.
My precious city infested with these vermin. Do what you have to, just get rid of them. Arrest them, euthanize them, send them to the military...anything that will keep them away. Because i can tell you- they bring no good to this city, and end up corrupting the mind of innocent youth.

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