Metro Schools expand English learning program

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville Public Schools is adding more money to the budget for its English language learning students.

They are adding more than 100 positions to classrooms dedicated specifically to English learners, which is more than 12,000 students in the district.

Most of them at the critical elementary school age.

It’s one of the biggest increases in the budget this year but community leaders think the district still has a ways to go with these different communities, most importantly with making these students and their families feel welcome.

“I think it starts at the top. Principals have to make sure that the culture of the school is when it’s welcoming that there’s signs in different languages, there’s opportunities for parents to be involved in lots of different ways that families are reached out to that the nature of the invitation to parents is thoughtful and engaging, having bilingual staff, having parent volunteers that speak multiple languages. All of those things are very important,” said Gini Pupo-Walker from Conexion Americas

The district didn’t get everything they asked for from the city. They got about $9 million less than what was proposed.

It’s still more than $30 million more than what they had to work with last year.

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