LAUSD passes controversial deaf education plan despite opposition – Los Angeles Times

by | May 11, 2022 | Education

Cheers rang out and hands waved in celebration as the Los Angeles Unified School Board voted unanimously to support a controversial overhaul of the district’s deaf education program late Tuesday evening. “We are trying to say to all deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families that we must move mountains to make sure that their needs are addressed,” said the resolution’s sponsor, board member Jackie Goldberg, who cast her “yes” vote in American Sign Language.“We must not miss a critical window in the years before kindergarten to promote acquiring language, whether it’s spoken, signed or both.” The vote capped weeks of controversy and close to three hours of public debate over Resolution 029-21/22, which will create a new deaf and hard-of-hearing education department within the district’s special education program.The vote also will pull American Sign Language into the district’s dual-language and bilingual program. But by far the most controversial change will be to make ASL-English bilingual education the districtwide standard for early intervention with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.Supporters say the move addresses the district’s urgent need for language equity. Opponents decry it as a violation of their parental rights. “[Bilingual education] should be our choice, it should not be mandatory,” said mom Hailey Cohen, whose almost 2-year-old daughter Talia is deaf, and receives early intervention services for speaking and list …

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