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Thread: You Gotta READ this Wack IDEA! - "Houston District Wants Immigrant School"

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    Source: By PAM EASTON, Associated Press Writer

    HOUSTON - Houston school officials have proposed a school designed specifically for immigrants, including flexible yearlong schedules, accelerated credit programs and weekend classes.


    "Many of these students walk into our high schools and know little or no English," interim Houston superintendent Abe Saavedra said Tuesday at Lee High School, where students from 70 countries speak 42 languages. "Immigrant students need more support than conventional schools can provide."


    The proposed school, which will be voted on Thursday by the Houston Independent School District's board, would offer weekend classes, customized instruction and "whatever we have to do to make sure these kids graduate," Saavedra said.


    Antonio Cruz, a 17-year-old who arrived from Mexico two years ago and who left school to help his family, is just the kind of person Houston educators have in mind. Cruz now works the overnight shift as a janitor.


    "They are not making enough money to make ends meet," Cruz, speaking in Spanish, said of his relatives. "I would like to continue to study. I am happy this new school will open up soon."


    Cruz said the new school would allow him to attend classes in the afternoon and evening before going to work. He hopes to earn his diploma and eventually become a police officer.


    The school would open in 2005 to about 125 students, eventually growing to about 250, Saavedra said. The Houston district has about 12,000 immigrant students.


    In Texas, students may attend public schools through age 21, and Lee High principal Steve Amstutz said it is the older immigrant students who could most benefit.


    Schools elsewhere in the country have experimented with similar ideas, including in New York and Chicago, which traditionally have had flexible high school schedules for immigrants, according to Lou Desipio, an associate political science professor who specializes in immigrant issues at the University of California at Irvine.


    Last month, the Texas Education Agency restored the Houston district's "academically acceptable" rating. The rating is based on dropout rates and standardized test scores and reflects whether schools are performing adequately. The district had lost its accountability rating a year earlier when an investigation by the Texas Education Agency found improperly reported dropout data.


    School board member Harvin Moore said he expects the board will approve the proposal.


    "It is the kind of thing we have been talking about for 10 or 15 years," he said. "Flexibility is so crucial in order to give students what they need in order to succeed in life."


    This is against human rights...

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    Source: By PAM EASTON, Associated Press Writer

    HOUSTON - Houston school officials have proposed a school designed specifically for immigrants, including flexible yearlong schedules, accelerated credit programs and weekend classes.


    "Many of these students walk into our high schools and know little or no English," interim Houston superintendent Abe Saavedra said Tuesday at Lee High School, where students from 70 countries speak 42 languages. "Immigrant students need more support than conventional schools can provide."


    The proposed school, which will be voted on Thursday by the Houston Independent School District's board, would offer weekend classes, customized instruction and "whatever we have to do to make sure these kids graduate," Saavedra said.


    Antonio Cruz, a 17-year-old who arrived from Mexico two years ago and who left school to help his family, is just the kind of person Houston educators have in mind. Cruz now works the overnight shift as a janitor.


    "They are not making enough money to make ends meet," Cruz, speaking in Spanish, said of his relatives. "I would like to continue to study. I am happy this new school will open up soon."


    Cruz said the new school would allow him to attend classes in the afternoon and evening before going to work. He hopes to earn his diploma and eventually become a police officer.


    The school would open in 2005 to about 125 students, eventually growing to about 250, Saavedra said. The Houston district has about 12,000 immigrant students.


    In Texas, students may attend public schools through age 21, and Lee High principal Steve Amstutz said it is the older immigrant students who could most benefit.


    Schools elsewhere in the country have experimented with similar ideas, including in New York and Chicago, which traditionally have had flexible high school schedules for immigrants, according to Lou Desipio, an associate political science professor who specializes in immigrant issues at the University of California at Irvine.


    Last month, the Texas Education Agency restored the Houston district's "academically acceptable" rating. The rating is based on dropout rates and standardized test scores and reflects whether schools are performing adequately. The district had lost its accountability rating a year earlier when an investigation by the Texas Education Agency found improperly reported dropout data.


    School board member Harvin Moore said he expects the board will approve the proposal.


    "It is the kind of thing we have been talking about for 10 or 15 years," he said. "Flexibility is so crucial in order to give students what they need in order to succeed in life."


    This is against human rights...

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    I think all school districts should have flexible schedules available to all students. There are all kinds of students, both native-born and immigrant, who would benefit from flexible highschool schedules. There are a lot of highschool kids in all kinds of situations that make it hard for them to stay in traditional highschool. A school with night and weekend classes would make it easier for them to continue thier educations. There are also always those kids that are too eager to grow up too fast and have a job, etc. They often end up dropping out of highschool, but if they could have school and a full-time job, I think many would. It's not just about immigrants, it's about all kids.
    Have a nice day

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    Separate Schools for Immigrants - For Whom the Bell Tolls?

    Source: The Oh Law Firm

    Report indicates that Houston is about to pass a resolution to open separate schools for immigrant children. Schools elsewhere in the country have also experimented with similar ideas, including in New York and Chicago, which traditionally have had flexible high school schedules for immigrants, according to Lou Desipio, an associate political science professor who specializes in immigrant issues at the University of California at Irvine.

    This raises one serious question: Who this segregated school is intended to serve - Is that the mainstream children or immigrant children? The immigrant children are those who need a fast assimilation to the mainstream for the best interest of the mainstream society as well as for the immigrant children themselves. Textbook learning should be considered a minor part of learning at the elementary schools. Sharing lives and social skills with the classmates are important part of the purpose of education at the schools. Education of immigrant children in a segregated school will delay the assimilation process and deprive the children of opportunity to learn English and culture fast through the mainstream classmates. The motive and intent of this move are indeed "suspect." Sugar coating should not fool the truth. If the truth is to raise the rating of schools and mainstream children education for political purposes, the truth should be put to the test of the political process rather than fooling the process by hypocracy. The Brown v. Board of Education decision is still the law of the land and should not be circumvented. It reminds this reporter of personal painful experience as an immigrant dealing with a school that tried to treat his children separate from other children in the class. His children were born in the U.S. and did not even know how to speak or understand the parents language. His son one day came home tellin him humiliation he experienced when he was taken out of the classes to a special classes for alleged "foreign" students to teach culture and English. Uh? English? He was perceived different by his classmates for the first time. At the protest of the reporter, the school immediately ceased the discrimination for his son. Society should not abuse the immigrant children and trapped them in the catch 20/20 situation. On the one hand, some attempt to sugar coat this type of scheme with the argument that it is the best interest for the immigrant children to preserve their language and culture, and turning around, accuse the immigrant children for their failure to live as a person of mainstream society and becoming a burden. Immigration is part of the integral process of this nation owned by the "people" whoever they are and no matter what color and origin they possess. People should not mistake about it. The parents and the immigrant children should have the same right of choice and their decision just as anyone else. Carving out a segment of the population depriving them of the right to choice is outright discrimination which should not be condoned under the Constitution of this great nation. Simply, it is unconsciounable and unacceptable!

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