Border Crisis Impact Arkansas' Education System
Genoa Central School District Gets Creative
President Joe Biden wasted no time after taking office in January 2021, immediately upending the efforts of former President Donald J. Trump.
Biden, some would say, subjected our nation to an invasion of illegal immigrants from around the world.
Under the Trump administration, the federal government was determined to stop illegal immigration across our Southern Border with a “Big, Beautiful Wall.”
Fast Forward, Election Year 2024
It’s January, and America is continuing to see an increasing surge of foreign-language speaking families in urban and rural areas across the nation.
One South Arkansas school district is taking steps to educate children who do not speak English. Lisa Posey, director of Genoa Central School District’s federal programs/Title IX coordinator, recently discussed steps to advance learning for ELL (English Language Learning) students in an open school board meeting.
In a review of the Genoa School District Board actions, South Arkansas Reckoning discovered a topic worth reporting. According to an audio recording of a recent monthly school board meeting, the Genoa School District is utilizing used cell phones, ear buds and Rosetta Stone to help non-English speaking students learn.
Listen to Posey and members of the school board openly discuss this issue.
Bilingual teachers are not always readibly available. Genoa is no exception. During the discussion reports were made to the school board that funding is limited for the district and the 15 students who struggle with a language barrier. The Arkansas Department of Education does not dedicate substantial funding until a district reaches 100 non-English speaking students.
The state’s education system is seeing many changes due to the LEARNS Act. School districts face a multitude of issues each day. One of the most pressing concerns in every district is funding.
South Arkansas Reckoning felt it necessary to applaud the Genoa Central School District for a creative and innovative approach to helping students learn.
As we continue our coverage throughout Arkansas, we hope to find even more stories that show the excellence in our state’s greatest assets — teachers and students.
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