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English-Speaking Parent Left Out at School Meeting

February 23, 1992

Here we are in the U.S.A.; my son attends school in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in Hacienda Heights. The school population is approximately 75% to 80% Hispanic, with the remaining blacks, Asian and whites.

As I was attending a parents' night at his school, they started the meeting off in Spanish and continued to proceed; this really upset me and a few others. The more they got into this meeting, the more and more Spanish was spoken.

I did not understand a thing. The individuals who did not speak Spanish got up and left. The school principal's first language is English, however she is now learning Spanish to adapt to the other students.

If my family were to move to Mexico or somewhere else where the language was different, we would have to learn it no matter what. But not in the U.S.A.

In their classes, they say the pledge to our flag in English and then again in Spanish. They are forcing our children to learn Spanish, like it or not.

SHERRI LYNNE LEE

Rowland Heights

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