Posted by Staff on March 19, 2014
So now you can be terminated if you require students to speak English. In Hempstead, TX a school Principal’s contract was not renewed be cause she instructed her students not to speak Spanish, in a rapidly-evolving district where more than half of the students, like many Texas schools, are now Hispanic.
Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid administrative leave in December after reportedly announcing, via intercom, that students were not to speak Spanish on the school’s campus. The Hispanic population of the rural area, roughly 50 miles northwest of Houston, is growing quickly, and Latino advocates say that it’s important to allow Spanish in public schools.
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“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity,” says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, “it sends the message that the child is not wanted: ‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They then tend to drop out early.”
Whether Pinedo's claim is true or not is beside the point. A principal should not be fired for telling kids to speak in one language that all other students can understand, the language they are taught in, and the language their tests are written in.