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Charter School Conversations
¿ Excluding Español?
It’s time to discuss a charter school controversy: Despite being public schools that are, technically, “open to all,” some charter schools have received criticism for finding loopholes in the law to exclude students with poor academic records, special needs, or language barriers. Sometimes they exclude students intentionally, yet often the exclusion is unintended and somewhat subconscious.
Earlier this week, we realized that our newsletters, Facebook posts, and other media have been written only in English. This is concerning on two levels: first, that we weren’t creating bilingual communications. Second, that we didn’t stop to realize this oversight until now!
Our newsletters will be bilingual in English and Spanish beginning with our next newsletter. We’d like to translate our words into other languages as well, but at this time don’t have access to translators who can speak Chinese or Vietnamese (the 3rd and 4th most spoken languages in Oregon). If you know someone with Chinese or Vietnamese translation skills, please contact us!
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