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Founder and Coordinator

National LEP Advocacy Task Force

Coordinator

National LEP Advocacy Task Force

Advocate

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LEP Home Page

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Kathy Poulos-Minott is the Coordinator of the National LEP Advocacy Task Force.


News & Alerts

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According to Kathy Poulos-Minott, coordinator of the National LEP Advocacy Task Force, "Paradise Valley Unified School District routinely fails to provide qualified interpretation and translation services to students and families with limited English.

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"We like to believe ... when the school system tells us that they have all of the policies and procedures in place," said Kathy Poulos-Minott, task force coordinator.
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The sting began in January 2001, when Poulos-Minott came to Tucson for one of the task force's "site visits. A Portland, Maine, resident, she spent her vacation here and volunteered at Jewish Family Services. "Jewish Family Services thoroughly checked my references and was aware of my work as an advocate," Poulos-Minott said. "If I had told them that I might potentially file complaints ... they probably would not have permitted me to volunteer." Through the agency, she and others met Hamid's family, one of about 1,000 Iranian families in the Tucson area. His father remains in Iran after recently being released from prison, where he was serving time for his political beliefs and actions, Poulos-Minott said. The Tucson Citizen agreed not to publish Hamid's real name because his family is worried about retaliation. When Poulos-Minott helped to registered Hamid at Catalina High, 3645 E. Pima St., school officials asked her to bring an interpreter. She agreed but insisted the school do so in the future. It never did. Poulos-Minott enrolled her son at another TUSD school, Robins Elementary, 3939 N. Magnetite Lane. Seeing forms and paperwork there written only in English, she began to believe the problem was "systemic." She highlighted both situations, including general interpretation and translation failures by Catalina High's Family Resource and Wellness Center, in the complaint she filed a year ago with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.
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"There's never been an agreement in a school before that specifically addresses the provision of interpretation and translations in detail," Poulos-Minott said.


Multiple languages learning together

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Yes , there needs to be improvement , but Portland is miles ahead of the game compared to what I see in other school systems around the country , said Kathy Poulos-Minott , founder and coordinator of the National LEP Advocacy Task Force and a former LEP teacher in Portland schools.

The city's schools have more than 1 , 300 students whose native language isn't English ; 398 of them entered the system last year alone.The tally of native languages topped 45 during the 2000-2001 school year , including the more common Khmer , Somali and Serbo-Croatian , and the less common Champa , Pashto and Lingala.
The school department has 40 multilingual classrooms - 16 added last year - and 40 native language facilitators.Full-fledged multilingual programs are in place at four of the city's 13 elementary schools - Reiche , Hall , Riverton and Jack ; at two of three middle schools - Lincoln and King ; and at Portland High , where 36 percent are Limited-English Proficiency students.Deering High School is scheduled to begin a multilingual program during the 2002-2003 school year.
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We are still hoping the schools will take better steps in providing that training so we don't have children acting as language brokers , said Poulos-Minott of the LEP advocacy task force.


NHeLP Document

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According to Kathy Poulos-Minott, coordinator of the National LEP Advocacy Task Force, "We are very encouraged because these are the first OCR Agreements with a school district that include detailed provisions for qualified interpretation and translation services.


News

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According to Kathy Poulos-Minott, coordinator of the National LEP Advocacy Task Force, "We are very encouraged because these are the first OCR Agreements with a school district that include detailed provisions for qualified interpretation and translation services.

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Kathy Poulos-Minott Coordinator National Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Task Force 85 Lester Drive Portland, Maine 04103 207-878-5196 Kpoulosm@maine.rr.com

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