A proposal for a network of centers where immigrant students entering the Los Angeles Unified School District could be introduced to the ways of American public education was unveiled Thursday before a school board committee hearing.
The so-called "Newcomer Assistance Centers" would be staffed by teachers and aides who speak foreign languages. Their jobs would range from giving diagnostic tests to determine the grade in which students should be placed, to giving general advice on what to expect at an American school.
The plan, by Westside board member Alan Gershman, was forwarded by the Board of Education's Education Development Committee for a full board vote June 30.
Separate Center Possible
Under the plan, some schools would set aside a classroom for the center. In neighborhoods where there is a continuous stream of new arrivals, a separate district-financed center might be established. Youngsters would study with the staff until instructors believe they are ready to enter regular classes. Board member Jackie Goldberg said a student might be in the center from two weeks to two months.