Public Comments for: HB1184 - Public schools; English language learners.
Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB 1034. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. I have worked in two different public school systems in Virginia over 13 years, and I have seen first hand how beneficial counseling services can be to a wide variety of students. If parents are allowed to prohibit their students from accessing counseling services in the school, these students may be cut off from not only critical mental health support, but but also the academic, career, and community support that school counselors and mental health team members provide. All members of a school mental health team must undergo rigorous education before obtaining their licenses, and as such they should be trusted as the professionals they are to provide only services that they deem necessary for students well-being. I strongly urge you to let the trained mental health professionals do their jobs. Don't make students get tied in the mire of adult squibbles. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Watkins Locality: Reston

To Whom It May Concern, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on HB HB1032. As a public high school school teacher and parent of two young children (ages 5 and 2) in Virginia, I have serious concerns that this bill will wind up doing more harm than good for the children of our state. As VA Senator Peterson said on January 27 of this year, regarding a similar bill, "I don't think we should be involved in micromanaging school libraries...The problem is that you’re going to sweep up books that you don’t intend to sweep up" (Matthew Barakat, abcnews.go.com). I strongly urge you to leave the books in the libraries for the kids. They deserve to have the opportunity to decide with their own parents and personal support systems what books to read. Thank you, Sara Watkins Mother Teacher Concerned Virginia Citizen

Last Name: Edwards Organization: Voices for Virginia's Children Locality: Henrico

Greetings, My name is Chlo'e Edwards with Voices for Virginia's Children where our mission is to improve the laws of Virginia's children, particularly those at the greatest disadvantage. We are supportive of the following bills: HB1184 (Guzman), HB582 (Roem), HB 629 (Roem), HB583 (Roem), HB 587 (Roem), HB649 (Carr). As of 2020, the number of children (0-17) and young adults (18-24) in Virginia is just above 2.6M, and yet, too many children struggle to meet their basic needs. Poverty rates in Virginia remain unchanged in the past decade. Additionally, barriers to access to services and resources still persist for families of diverse identities and that face unique challenges. Voices believes in creating just and fair futures for Virginia's children as we know that children are the future. In creasing access to services and supports for Virginia's children today to ensure they live, thrive, and survive, we are creating a brighter future tomorrow. We hope that it pleases the member of the committees to support these initiatives as there are

Last Name: Sarmiento Organization: Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights Locality: Alexandria

Virginia is the welcoming center for the thousands of immigrants and refugees as designated by our federal government. It is the price we pay by being so close to the national capital and having the second largest government work force in the USA. Over sixty thousand Afghan refugees were welcomed at Dulles airport as their first stop in their new home. Virginia boasts the ninth largest immigrant community in the United States. With a booming economy and growing technological factor it is a need for Virginia to accommodate new Americans in their pursuit of the American dream. Immersion by bridging support into English will let new Virginia residents know that they and their children are welcome here, and that they are deserving of that added support to acclimate the Virginia way of life.

Last Name: Patwardhan Locality: Fairfax County

I SUPPORT HB 844, 1023, 1026, and 1184. More comprehensive and accurate FLE curriculum is a positive development for the commonwealth. I SUPPORT HB 1184 both as a private citizen and 2nd generation immigrant as well as on behalf of my employer, Edu-Futuro, an organization that empowers immigrant families through education. Many, if not most, of the community Edu-Futuro serves speaks a language other than English, and HB 1184 would dramatically improve educational and career outcomes for the children of these communities. I OPPOSE HB 789 and 988. Transgender individual lives matter and again, FLE curriculum needs to be accurate and inclusive.

Last Name: VanDerhoff Locality: Springfield

I am a teacher in Fairfax County and I urge you to support Delegate Guzman's bill, HB1184. This bill would increase staffing for teachers of English Learners at a ratio that takes into account the English proficiency of each student. These ratios align with the Virginia Board of Education's Standards of Quality. From the classroom perspective, it just makes sense that we would staff a lower student-to-teacher ratio for students at a WIDA Level 1 with emerging English skills while students who have mastered more of the language would need less support and could be staffed at a higher student-to-teacher ratio. Please help us to meet the needs of English Learners by voting yes on this bill.

Last Name: Allder Organization: Virginia EL Supervisors’ Association (VESA) Locality: Roanoke

Comments Document

Attached is a letter of support for HB 1184 submitted by the Virginia EL Supervisors’ Association (VESA).

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