TFA Advice for Spanish-Speaking Parents

Parents have the right to speak up for their children no matter what, especially if they need information related to how their kids are doing in school. Language barriers can’t be an obstacle while trying to get your kids to college. Elisa Villanueva Beard, chief operating officer for Teach for America, an organization that educates kids in low-income communities, talked to New Futuro about what parents need to do in order to truly advocate for their children.

Federal law requires that each state develop its own programs to facilitate communication with their students’ parents in their native language. This includes a translator at parent-teacher conferences.

“My mom came from Mexico when she was sixteen years old, and she understood quickly that the way for her kids to compete in America was to have a college degree, and so she was pretty aggressive to ensure that happened,” said Elisa. “I know it’s intimidating, especially when there are language barriers, but we need to make parents understand that they are one of the most important sources of strength for their children.”

As a parent you have rights. Demand them!

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