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Are Parent Voices Being Lost without Translation? The Importance of Spanish in Communication between Parents and Los Angeles Public School Administrators

  • Author(s): Villarreal, Belén
  • et al.
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Abstract

In light of the recent scandals that have surfaced in Los Angeles area schools, this article explores the importance that the Spanish language has in public schools, beyond instruction, particularly in communication with parents and the surrounding community. Although there is no doubt that most of the student body is bilingual, a considerable portion of parents are not, creating a situation in with they are left without a voice. Both anecdotal and statistical data will be presented to support the claim that having bilingual administrators will help ensure that the concerns and complaints of all parents are heard and addressed.

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