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Petitioning Superintendent of Brooklyn/Queens HS Districts 15,22,23,27,30,32 Tamika Matheson

Hire a Foreign Language instructor so your students will qualify for life changing scholarships

"They need to know how impossible they've made it to help our kids"

This is not my story, but a story from Humans of New York:

"Let me tell you what's happening to me. I'm on the PTA at my child's school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I'm currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don't speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent's exams-- I'm talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.

And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn't owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don't get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.

We've got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren't blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they've made it to help our kids."

Letter to
Superintendent of Brooklyn/Queens HS Districts 15,22,23,27,30,32 Tamika Matheson
Please hire a Foreign Language instructor so your students will qualify for life changing scholarships.