The 200 or so English-learner students at Marblehead Elementary in San Clemente are an unfair burden on the teachers, parents and students who live in the neighborhoods surrounding the suburban school, parents told the Capistrano Unified school board Wednesday.
In response, Trustee Anna Bryson said she was concerned that too many English learners are coming in with such a limited vocabulary that parents need to be taught to speak to their children.
Four moms whose children go to Marblehead say that students bussed in from the Las Palmas Elementary attendance boundaries and a predominately Hispanic neighborhood within Marblehead’s territory are “stressing” teachers and parents alike. One even said she would probably be taking her twin first graders to another school come fall.
“I don’t want to give up, but I feel like I just have to move on,” said Holly Schafer. The English learners have pushed the academic achievement scores down, which she finds unacceptable for her children.