WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A local African-American leader speaking out against a proposal to build schools in Prince George’s County for students learning English is creating controversy.
She now feels safe living here in the U.S., in Prince George’s County, but for Edith Romero’s niece, it was a harrowing journey from her home in El Salvador seven months ago. She left everything behind to escape growing gang violence that threatened her family.
“They came to her house wanting to kill her mother, so her mother solicited a visa and, thank God, they gave one, but just to her,” Romero said. “They had to send her to live with me, because she was at risk over there.”
It hasn’t been easy—especially in school. But it is getting better, thanks to new schools created by Prince George’s County specifically for English language learners.
Critics tell “Hispanic AGENDA,” a joint production of ABC7’s sister station NewsChannel 8 and Telemundo, the resources spent by the county on the two new schools are diverting much-needed funding from other students in need.
Bob Ross heads the NAACP chapter in Prince George’s County. But in making his case to “Hispanic AGENDA,” his own comments about African-American students are causing some controversy as well, saying African-American students don’t know how to speak English properly.