Tom Tancredo said "Colorado doesn't need 5,000 more illiterate peasants." Well, neither does Escondido!

Yesterday, I drove by Lincoln Elementary School at 1029 N. Broadway, and became so enraged when I saw the sign out in front of the school, I went home and emailed the school board members who allow it.

Joan Gardner, Royce Moor, Zoe Carpenter and Marv Gilbert all received the following email:

I drove by Lincoln School today and was appalled to see the signs out in front were in Spanish. I don't care how many parents are Hispanic, the signs should be in English. This is America and we speak English here.


Elisa Fregoso is the principal and according to, the school failed to meet state yearly progress requirements in terms of student performance (under "No Child Left Behind").

A school's academic performance index is a scale that ranges from 200-1000 and is calculated on the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools. Lincoln's API score was 692 in 2009.

Eighty-nine percent out of the 573 students who attend Lincoln school are Hispanic, and 96 percent of them participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program.

In 2008, 81 percent of the students at Lincoln School were categorized as English Learners.

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? All you have to be is a Hispanic underachiever in Escondido and you're on your way!


shizzyfinn April 17, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m.

I'd wager that a score of 692 is darn good for a school with the demographics you describe.

As for the language, it's just a language. Nothing worth getting angry over.


Visduh April 19, 2010 @ 12:41 p.m.

Complaining about this sort of accommodation for non-English speakers is at least a quarter century late. All but one of the high schools I go to has a Spanish speaking receptionist to deal with parents and visitors who can't communicate in English. The current ethic in public education is to connect with all the stakeholders, and that means speaking Spanish and producing printed notices in that language. (Never mind that many of those Spanish speakers are illiterate in their own language.)

A great deal of effort and expense is put toward getting the students fluent in English. But if you think about it, those who come from non-English speaking families hear it only while at school. At home, in the 'hood, with their friends, at church, at the store, at the doctor's office, they speak and are spoken to in SPANISH.

The brutal truth is that this is the US, and many, many people DON'T speak English here!


David Dodd April 19, 2010 @ 12:51 p.m.

You know, the bigger picture is in what schools do in order to maintain attendance. Attendance is, after all, how they get paid. I do not blame the non-English speaking folks (it's a tough language, comparatively), I blame the schools, or more pointedly, the damned system for cowtowing to any family with children. If school attendance was not the benchmark for school revenue, odds are good that this wouldn't be happening.


Evelyn May 12, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. The school lunches are paid for by taxes... And at times, school meals are the only meals a student eats--regardless of ethnicity or location or school. I also fail to see how lunch and language are related. Kids need to eat.


thestoryteller May 12, 2010 @ 5:18 p.m.

I agree with you, Refried, 100 percent. I don't blame the Mexicans whose corrupt government leaves them desperate for this at all. If free benefits were being given to fat American women in Mexico, I'd be down there in a flash. I am angry at the federal government for not watching out for America's interests. I've been writing on this issue since 1984.

When Pedro comes to my back door, I feed him. I give him money because this h.s. isn't his fault. Just because their government gives them a bad deal in Mexico, doesn't give them the right to come up here and take what's ours, then bully us with words like "racism."

Bueevy: Kids may need to eat, that doesn't mean I have to pay for it. They're not my kids. I had my own to feed.

Why are you not pointing this out to the Mexican government? Why are these people our problem and why is it America's job to take care of them?

Btw, from 1984-1986, I was married to a realtor from Oaxaca, the place where most of the illegals are from. He had made a very good living here and to my knowledge has never lifted a finger to help any of them, even when I asked him to. Why aren't these illegal immigration activists bitching at him? Because he doesn't give a rat's rear end about any of them. He's looking to take care of himself.

They are taking advantage of the good hearts of the American people because in this "anything goes society," we can't distinguish right from wrong; we are incapable of using their common sense. We are so full of white guilt and political correctness, we can't stick up for ourselves anymore and our whole country is going to hell over it.


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