In response to "L.A. Schools' Bilingual Program Failing, State Says," Sept. 3:
I teach mathematics and science in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This is my third year of teaching. I bring 18 years of industry experience to the classroom and have a California professional clear teaching credential. I am bilingual and am able to teach my classes in Spanish. Yet, after having interviewed at secondary schools all over the district there was only one school that was willing to hire me as a bilingual math and science teacher. There were five or six schools that offered positions in their math departments. The trouble was, they just didn't have a need for bilingual teachers. At least this is what the principals said.
Even after being hired as a bilingual teacher I had to literally beg the administration for bilingual classes. This was in spite of the fact that 94% of our student body are immigrants from Latin America and close to 70% of our students are classified as limited English proficient. These numbers indicate to me that my school would be an ideal place for a bilingual education program.
In my opinion, the problem with the bilingual education program in LAUSD is the same problem that the district has overall: less than adequate management.