Parents Speak Out at TEA Meeting for MISD Bilingual/ESL Programs 12/11/13
CBS 7 News
December 11, 2013
MIDLAND-The Texas Education Agency is keeping a close eye on Midland Independent School Districtís English as a second language and bilingual programs because of the programís history of academically unacceptable test scores.
Parents met with TEA representatives tonight to voice concerns about the program. MISD called tonight's meeting an open-mic night for parents of children in the program. The TEA turned CBS 7 and those without children in the program away from the meeting.
Nearly 100 parents of students in MISDís English Language Learning programs filed into the Midland High Auditorium for the meeting.
MISDís Executive Director of Bilingual and ESL programs Joanna Carrillo-Rowley said it was to be an open discussion for parents to ask questions and express concerns. The program was given an accredited-warned status earlier this year in part for a history of not reaching academic benchmarks.
The TEA closed the meeting to just parents, stating privacy for parents as the reason. No representatives from MISD were inside the meeting. Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said MISD does not usually sit in on TEA meetings to facilitate an open discussion.
CBS 7 spoke to parents who attended the meeting to get an idea of what was said behind closed doors.
"There are some problems, but they are little problems and not a big deal. I think we have to have better communication with parents and teachers, thatís all we need,Ē said Vilma, who has a child in ESL/Bilingual programs at MISD.
Spanish-speaking Parent Janie Belloc said she was overall satisfied with her four kid's experiences in the program, but would like to see a greater percentage of classes taught in English.
The meeting was conducted in English, Spanish and translation was provided for Burmese families.
A TEA consultant will be monitoring MISDís bilingual ESL program at least until the end of this school year.