The League of United Latin American Citizens has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Texas claiming Hispanic high school students trying to learn English are not getting the instruction they need.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is working on behalf of LULAC. The lawsuit singles out two San Antonio districts, but alleges similar problems statewide.
Despite a 1974 federal law requiring schools to do so, state school board member David Bradley believes we shouldn't have to cater to any non-English speaking students.
“Let's move down there and see if we can get free housing, get a Lone Star card for our food, get Medicaid for our healthcare and demand that our kids be taught English, how do you think that would go over?” asks Bradley.
LULAC's Baldomero Garza says that's not the point.
“We have these programs that are supposed to be funded and taken care of, and they're not,” Garza tells KTRH News. “We want to get someone's attention to take care of business.”
Bradley argues immersion is the most effective way to teach a new language.
“So what's the handicap that we don't have the same complaint from the Vietnamese, or the Germans, or the Polish kids?” asks Bradley. “How is it that the Hispanics have gotten special privileges?”