On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

Guess what I’ll be covering all week? CHICAGO — Dionnes Rivera, then director of bilingual education in School District U46, had one meeting with Superintendent Connie Neale shortly after Neale joined the Elgin school district in 2002. “I went home crying. I could imagine the impact on the kids’ lives,” Rivera said. Rivera said Monday the former superintendent had directed her to remove all U46 students from the English Language Learners program after they’d spent three years in it. That testimony came as the plaintiffs’ evidence in phases two and three of the racial discrimination lawsuit against U46 started in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. These phases allege the district did not offer appropriate help to English Language Learners or access to gifted and advanced programs to Hispanic and black students. Judge Robert W. Gettleman heard phase one, which alleged the Elgin school district’s 2004 school boundary plan discriminated against Hispanic and black students by placing them in overcrowded schools, in March. He declined to rule on that phase until he’d heard the rest of the case. “The reason we’re here today is because of the overlap of these issues,” Gettleman said. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

U46 trial resumes, claims district pushed English Language Learners out (Sun-Times Media)

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