DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS TACKLE LATINO CHALLENGE
For about 10 minutes Thursday morning, the Durham Public Schools’ challenges educating Latino students were spelled out in black and red marker in a hallway off Hillandale Road. Principals, assistant principals and others at the Staff Development Center wrote down the district’s strengths and weaknesses in teaching the public school system’s estimated 6,000 Latino students. The weaknesses showed a need for more interpreters and bilingual counselors, teachers, front-office staff and homework helpers. The language barrier, they said, keeps some parents from advocating for their children and leaves some students more likely to be labeled special education students or be recruited by gangs.