JUNTA ASESORA DE ASUNTOS AFROAMERICANOS DEL CONDADO PIDE PROGRAMA BILINGÜE PARA TODOS LOS NIÑOS

CARTA DEL PRESIDENTE STEPHEN HUNTER JOHNSON AL SUPERINTENDENTE ALBERTO M. CARBALHO

PUNTOS IMPORTANTES DE LA CARTA:

  • Se hace claro que la capacidad para hablar con fluencia más de un idioma, particularmente español e inglés, es una ventaja económica en el sur de la Florida
  • Es imperativo que todos nuestros niños cuenten con las herramientas adecuadas para tener éxito y prosperar.
  • Necesitamos un currículo bilingüe para que todos los estudiantes graduados sean verdaderamente bilingües.
  • Solicitamos una reunión formal, tan pronto como sea posible, para discutir el tema de la educación bilingüe como parte del currículo de estudios

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Office of the Superintendent

1450 N.E. Second Avenue

Suite 912

Miami, Florida 33132

Dear Superintendent Carvalho:

It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with you on May 8, 2015 at Perricones.  As I mentioned when we met, the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board is very interested in discussing the development and implementation of a bilingual educational curriculum for all students.

By way of background, on Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board sponsored a “Village Dialogue:  An Invitation from the Afro-Cuban Community.”  As a result of that meeting, and further discussions, it has become increasingly clear that the ability to speak more than one language-particularly fluency in Spanish and English-is an economic advantage in South Florida as a region, but particularly in Miami-Dade County, the aptly named gateway to the Americas.

Miami-Dade County’s two and a half million residents represent a spectrum of cultural, ethnic, and racial identities.  Our diversity means that Miami-Dade County is one of a few emerging global economic centers.  Businesses and business people from around the world travel here for work and for play.  Because Miami-Dade County is truly an international destination, it is imperative that our children—all of our children—are provided with the proper tools to succeed and thrive.

It is with this in mind that we ask Miami-Dade County Public Schools to develop and implement a true bilingual curriculum so that all of our children are fully fluent and truly bilingual by graduation.  To accomplish this, it is necessary that children be exposed to bilingual education as early as possible, but absolutely in grades K-4.  It is our belief that students who graduate without second language skills are at a distinct disadvantage which places them in the precarious position of not being able to qualify for even menial positions here in Miami-Dade County.

We believe that this forces many of our children to abandon their home in search of opportunities in other areas, depriving us of the talents of some of our best and brightest.  We also believe that this requirement—especially in view of the recent developments aimed at restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, along with Miami’s emergence as the epicenter of Latin American business and investments, sends a strong message about the viability and survival skills of our students.  Without these skills, some of our students are disadvantaged, destined for failure and, more importantly, unable to compete on a global level.

We therefore ask for a formal meeting as soon as possible with you to discuss Miami-Dade Public School’s institution of bilingual education as part of the curriculum taught in our district.  Please contact the Board’s executive director, Ms. Retha Boone-Fye at (305) 375-4606 or rboone@miamidade.gov to make arrangements for this meeting.

Sincerely,

Stephen Hunter Johnson, Chair

Black Affairs Advisory Board

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