The Arizona Republic-Scottsdale/northeast Valley briefs
Sept. 20, 2002
Dual-language program change angers parents
PARADISE VALLEY - Parents of children at Palomino Elementary School in the
Paradise Valley Unified School District say they deserve to be involved in
decisions regarding their schools' dual-language program.
Shortly before school started this year, the district decided that students must
be fluent in English to qualify for the program. Previously, students were
eligible if they knew some English.
Instead, they will have to enroll in English immersion classes at lower grade
levels, and teachers fear those classes will become overcrowded.
Superintendent Thomas Krebs explained the rationale behind the district's
decision, saying test scores on standardized exams have been falling at Palomino
compared with the rest of the district. The decision is an attempt to raise
scores, he said.
About 150 parents, students and teachers showed up at a board meeting Thursday
Krebs did not indicate that he will reverse the decision, but said he will
meet with teachers to address concerns over class sizes.