Bilingual teachers hard to find as thousands of migrant students enter NYC schools
An effort to improve bilingual education — a longstanding challenge for the city’s public schools — was dealt a blow this weekend when allegations surfaced that some bilingual teachers from the Dominican Republic were being forced to hand over most of their paychecks to cover inflated rents charged by their bosses.
Nathaniel Styer, a spokesperson for the Department of Education, called the allegations, first reported by CBS2, “disturbing.” He said officials referred the issue to law enforcement to investigate, reassigned the principal, and are offering support to the affected employees.
The educators from the Dominican Republic were part of a “cultural exchange” that Schools Chancellor David Banks announced with fanfare just two months ago, placing 25 bilingual teachers in city schools, through a partnership with the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA-NY) and the Dominican consulate.
“We remain focused on recruiting bilingual educators who speak the languages of our students,” Styer added.
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