City makes changes to bilingual classes

(08/12/03) UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - With the new school year comes a new way to teach English as a Second Language. But parents in District 10, which has the largest Spanish speaking population, are wondering if the city's plan will work.

Under the new plan, students will no longer be taught primarily in their native languages. Instead they'll be taught 60 percent in their native language and 40 percent in English. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says non-English speaking families should be confident about the new plan.

Adam Brawer, a bilingual teacher in District 10, says under the new program he will have to do more with less. Some students who have made it through bilingual education already say they think the plan will create problems for new students.

And some parents say their fear is that they will not be able to help their kids with homework. Meanwhile, other parents say they feel the new program will be better because the old program wasn't working either.

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