This letter is in response to the letter that Randy Deax wrote concerning Stephenville ISD's Non-discrimination policy. First of all, I don't think that Mr. Deax really understood what that notice meant. All this notice was simply saying was that lack of being proficient in the English language was in no way going to be a barrier from receiving a quality education. Duh, I think that any well educated or even someone who understands the English language would understand that.
Mr. Deax also goes on to ask Ms. Debbie Hines, "To what extent are Stephenville ISD students lacking in English language skills? Who has a problem?" Mr. Deax goes on talking about illegal immigrants being here and how they are learning English using taxpayer dollars. Well, Mr. Deax basically answered his own question. But, in case he didn't realize he did I will answer it for him:
Mr. Deax, as you know there are some illegal immigrants here in Stephenville and they do have children who attend school. These students more than likely speak a language at home that isn't English, so they do lack the ability to read, write, and speak the language. Oh, I'm sorry the English language to be exact. And yes, Mr. Deax, they are being educated with taxpayer dollars, after all this is how the public school system gets funding. However, Mr. Deax school districts are not breaking any laws, you see the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, states that all persons be granted equal protection, regardless of citizenship status. Mr. Deax the 14th Amendment is based on the case of Brown v. Board of Education. Chief Justice Earl Warren stated in the Supreme Court's decision that:
"Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments…It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms."
Mr. Deax I rest my case.
Proud American of Mexican descent