Meanwhile, Socorro Gomez-Potter
, a native of Mexico and the principal of Alfred A. Lima Sr. Elementary School
here, is gradually phasing out the school's transitional-bilingual-education track and replacing it with a two-way bilingual education program for all students.
Transitional bilingual education is "very difficult to carry out, given that our teachers are Spanish- dominant and some of them are limited-English-proficient themselves," Gomez- Potter says."Can you see the difficulty of developing English?"
...Gomez-Potter, the principal at Lima Elementary School, acknowledges that not everyone in the city sees it that way.
Some people still look back with nostalgia to when the communities around the schools were less poor and diverse, she
"I hear the comments consistently from teachers and parents: 'I remember, I remember, I remember.' And they're not remembering back 30 years ago.They're remembering back 15 years ago," Gomez-Potter
To them, the demographic changes automatically go hand in hand with lower academic achievement, she
"But they're not believing all children can learn," the principal adds."We need to change with the community." The White House's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
has issued a number of advisory reports, including Creating the Will: Hispanics Achieving Educational Excellence, September 2000 (requires Adobe's
Acrobat Reader), and "Our Nation on the Fault Line: Hispanic American Education," September 1996.
The ERIC Clearinghouse has published the following digests: