Parent: Students suffer under school's bilingual focus

A parent of who pulled her child out of the Bedford school system says the district is making programs like dual-language education and ESL classes a priority, while other programs like reading comprehension and special education suffer.

Maria Pedersen says her daughter had the second highest GPA in her grade, but she felt unchallenged in the classroom and complained of being bored. She says her daughter's teachers did nothing to rectify the problem, and her education suffered.

Pedersen says she was concerned her daughter wasn't getting a quality education, and she says her fears were confirmed when she pulled her child out of the school district and instead put her into Armonk schools. "The teacher put up a simple addition math problem on the board and my daughter simply just could not get it," she says.

Pedersen blames Mount Kisco's focus on dual languages. She says her daughter missed key concepts in math while she was in Spanish language sessions that she could not opt out of.

However, Bedford Central School District Superintendent Jere Hochman says all parents can opt out of the program. He adds that the program is more economical, and teaches students crucial bilingual skills.

Some parents say they plan to attend a school board meeting at Fox Lane Middle School Wednesday evening.


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