Report finds the biggest barrier between educators and BX parents is language
Two groups want more to be done to bridge the language barrier between parents and educators.
A recent student by education advocates found that there's a lack of translation services being offered to parents in the Bronx and city, despite the fact it's law. Advocates for Children and the New York Immigration Coalition say when parents receive information about their child's education it's in English, which poses a problem for many immigrant parents. That has the groups calling for a central translation unit to be put in place.
The Department of Education says it prints all communication with parents in eight major languages, but some Bronx parents say they never receive those mailings. Additionally, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says parents can call the 311 system to have education questions answered in different languages.
Still the groups say more needs to be done. They would like to see officials pay to have bilingual parent coordinators in place.