Texas Principal Who Banned Spanish In Classrooms Shares Her Side Of The Story

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The principal of a Texas high school who reportedly banned students from speaking Spanish while in class has spoken out for the first time.

In an open letter published in the Houston Chronicle, Amy Lacey, the former principal of Hempstead High School, said the announcement she made to students last November was “in accordance with board policy, as well as supporting the efforts of teachers to prepare our students to be successful.”

“I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for these tests,” said Lacey, referring to the Texas’ academic assessment tests. “Using English to the extent possible would also allow non-Spanish-speaking teachers a better opportunity to assess understanding and learning.”

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