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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Las Vegas School System Could Stop Translating Written IEPs
Children with special needs who are also English language learners must overcome significant hurdles to succeed academically. If their parents don’t speak English and are not comfortable navigating the school system, the potential barriers to student success grow even taller.
But the school district has proposed cutting out the written IEP translation services to achieve necessary budget cuts, the newspaper reports. The proposal wouldn’t cut the verbal translators present at parent-teacher meetings, which school districts must provide by law.
Fernando Romero, a Hispanic community activist and a Clark County parent whose son has autism, has spoken out against the proposal. ”As a father of an autistic child, I am very upset to hear that they are planning to do this,” Romero told the newspaper. “I know how long it takes to understand the IEP and how technical it is. I’m appalled by this.”
Read more of the Katherine Leal Unmuth's Latino Ed Beat article HERE.