Well if you’ve ever tried to enroll a child in a pre kinder program then you are already aware of the Spanish-speaking requirement your child must meet just to get into the classroom.
Today the Texas State Teachers Association brings more awareness as to how budget cuts will further affect our toddlers students.
It’s children like this who are fortunate to get a head start in the school systems public education.
But, what most don’t know is that right now they are among a select few.
That’s because for years limited funds have led school districts to allow only Spanish speaking children into pre-kinder programs, along with those who meet other requirements. But, mainly leaving those who speak English out of the class.
Parent Juan Ramon says, “I didn’t think it was fair for us working families that we had to pay four our kids while everyone else gets it for free only because Spanish is their primary language.”
The Spanish requirement has angered parents in the past and come as a surprise to many others.
That’s why today the Texas State Teachers Association is trying to spread awareness about such issues affecting education.
With the states upcoming budget cuts, they’re warning the public that pre k may now be cut all together. No matter what language your child speaks.
TSTA Member Mario Zarragoza, “Regardless of English or Spanish the budget cuts will affect them. So they’re looking to eliminate pre-k. So now the parent has to pay for independent care day care and pay out the own pockets.”
Juan Centeno currently has his 3 year old, Julianne, enrolled in private day care. “Day care is expensive so for those who can’t send their kids to public schools I can see how other families will have issues.”
And the expense for public school concerns members of the TSTA, especially for those children coming from single parent households.
Ale Lighter, of the TSTA, says, “The quality of life is affected. The parent will not be at home as much and they wont be able to spend as much quality time because they have to pay for the program.”
Now districts have not made there ultimate decisions on what programs the cuts will hit, but right now they are seeing pre-k as an option.
Meanwhile, this is one of the many issues the TSTA is bringing awareness to in trying to gather the public in rallying for education.
They want you to join them at the state capital on March 12. That rally is for all union rights and education as well. Then on April 2, they’re calling that day the call for action where they’ll be marching against cutting school funds from the Laredo Public Library to Blas Castaneda Park.