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Aurora parents who need translation services describe tears, missed connections, and a bureaucratic tangle - Chalkbeat

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January 30, 2018  |  Chalkbeat  |  Link to article

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"In Aurora Public Schools, there’s no one place to call for help with interpretation or translation. Translation services for parents of a student with special needs are handled through the department that oversees those programs.

Translation services for the family of a student who is learning English as a second language are provided by the English language development department. The communication department translates for district level announcements or reports, and the Aurora Welcome Center helps fill in some gaps. Many other translations are funded and provided by individual schools.

This confusing process is part of a larger problem that a group of parents and community members are asking the district to fix.

'In a community like Aurora, when we have people from all different countries and places, we have the responsibility to serve them correctly,' Muñoz said. 'You should have a language office. It should be on the forefront of your mind...'

School board members will hear from parents making these requests formally again at a regular board meeting Feb. 20 when the board is planning to have a discussion on community engagement."

This article originally published on January 29, 2018, on Chalkbeat. It has been formatted for publication on Together Colorado's latest news page.

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