Houston schools chief Terry Grier has his work cut out trying to boost the vexingly low graduation rate – 30 percent – for students who speak limited English. So it’s crucial that the district, and HISD parents too, parse the problem correctly.
In truth, this majority-Hispanic district faces two distinct language challenges. The toughest is educating non-English speakers entering U.S. schools in middle school and high school. Often coming in with severe economic and cultural deficits too, only a third of these youngsters graduate on time.