C’ville schools looking to H’burg

Brent Finnegan -- January 26th, 2007

In an article in today’s Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s mayor says he admires Harrisonburg school officials’ bold move to adopt a resolution to ignore the federal standardized test requirements for ESL students.

Charlottesville has nowhere near the number of ESL students we have — Harrisonburg schools have the highest percentage of ESL students in the state — but they do have a relatively high percentage of refugees settled in the area.

[Mayor] Brown is meeting with staff members of Sen. John W. Warner, a Republican, and Democrat James H. Webb and of Republican 5th District Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. today in Washington to discuss how these refugee students are asked to take the SOL tests only one year after they are enrolled in school.

Good luck getting Goode to feel sympathy for foreigners.

Related hburgnews post: Immigrants and SOL Scores

-finnegan

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