Funds cut for interpreters in GCS: Carolina Peacemaker

This is a discussion in irony.

Recently, we reported that the federal grant GCS was using to pay district interpreters was allowed to expire, and no one caught it. Now, it is learned that the funding will not be restored in next year’s budget. See this Carolina Peacemaker story.

See this excerpt:

According to the North Carolina Public Schools Web site, the grant is a piece of funding from Title III of No Child Left Behind. Districts and charters are eligible for the grant based on their immigration counts. The numbers are submitted each spring to the Department of Public Instruction. The percentage of increase that is considered to be “significant” from year to year is determined by the state.
According to GCS ESOL director Myra Hayes, the amount of new immigrant and refugee families coming into Guilford County last year was about 4,767. The numbers this year, about 2,367—not the five percent increase needed as determined by the state. Hayes said the state will drop the increase to four percent this year.
She also said GCS is trying to find other ways to fund the interpreters, and have been writing grants. Through a different grant they applied for and received, they are able to fund a portion of the interpreters but as of Tuesday, according to Hayes, there is no funding for 14 of them. If funding cannot be found, GCS will loose those interpreters, she said.
She also said the funding cut has nothing to do with the school system.

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The definition of “irony” is the general term for literary techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality.  In “verbal irony,” words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant.

The irony in all of this is that GCS is preparing to open a newcomer center next year in the existing Guilford Primary School site, Guilford Primary will become Guilford Elementary next year in a new building less than a mile away. How can they open this center when interpreter funds aren’t there? Hmmm? Hello?

E.C. 🙂

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