Multicultural Issue on Agenda

Mary B. Pasciak, Buffalo News, July 25, 2010

The public is invited to a meeting Tuesday that will address concerns regarding the Buffalo Public Schools’ education of immigrant students who do not speak English as their native language.

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Board of Education President Ralph R. Hernandez has been pushing for an advisory board that would report to the Board of Education. Meanwhile, Superintendent James A. Williams is {snip} proposing a 15-member advisory panel, including 10 members who would represent the top languages spoken in the schools.

Four members would represent the Spanish-speaking community. Two would represent the Karen community; two, Somali; and one each, Arabic and Burmese.

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In addition to the advisory board, other items on Tuesday’s agenda are an overview of the district’s multilingual department’s programs and the district’s policy for students whose native language is not English.

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