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.
Never miss a local story.
Rev. Emmalou H. Kirchmeier