Leading on Learning
The Chancellor is championing an “enlightened approach” on language learning.
During a recent visit uptown, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza focused on English Language Learner (ELL) students. “English Language Learners are not something to be fixed,” said Carranza. “They have an asset that we need to continue to develop while we add a second language which happens to be English. Our attitude is, they already speak another language, let’s add English and make them bilingual – that’s the enlightened approach.” “What we need is equity,” he added. “We need to invest the resources and support needed for every child to reach a high bar of excellence.” New York City School District 6 has large numbers of students living below the poverty level, yet no failing public schools, noted the district’s Superintendent Manuel Ramírez at a June 11th education forum featuring Carranza as a special guest.
The 2018 Education Summit was hosted at the George Washington Education Campus by Congressman Adriano Espaillat in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the non-profit organization Catholic Charities of New York.
Ramírez said the district currently serves 17,706 students, 87 percent of them Hispanic.
More than 14,000 of them are living below the poverty level, he stated, and more than 3,000 students live in temporary housing.
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