With more Europeans moving to Manatee County, consider English classes in grade schools

June 7, 2014 

After reading the stories about students not doing well on school testing, I was talking to real estate sales people who mentioned how many European families were buying local homes.

I assumed that put more children into the school system who do not speak English as their major language; in fact, some may speak several different languages at home.

Perhaps if we did a survey on the background of those who failed or did poorly on these state tests, we could learn what we need to do next; such as teach the courses they have at evening high schools for adults called English for the Foreign Born as a course for students in elementary school.

These are usually brilliant students who have to learn to solve problems in English. Let's not ignore their particular needs.

Rev. Emmalou H. Kirchmeier

Bradenton

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