More Than 70% Of CPS Bilingual Programs Fall Short

Christopher Perea Ortega, an eighth grader at John Spry elementary on Chicago’s Southwest Side, loves to play guitar and the bass, especially when he is anxious.

Lately, that’s been happening a lot to deal with the stress of sitting at his computer for remote school and trying to understand his teachers in English.

Christopher’s parents only speak in Spanish to their children at home. The shy 14-year-old with a quirky sense of humor was in his school’s transitional bilingual program from kindergarten to fourth grade. He received language support to help transition from learning in Spanish to learning fully in English.

It’s been very rocky, said his mother, Nury Ortega.

“[The program] was really frustrating for us since kindergarten,” Ortega said in Spanish. “We had to make improvements in Spanish, but also in English. … We were told at school that in fourth grade, nobody will speak to him in

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‘We Were Cut Short of His Time Here’

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A special education teacher in New Mexico is dead after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to his family.

Leo Lugo, 56, died on Sunday after he was hospitalized on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma, ABC affiliate KVIA reported.

The outlet reported that the Chaparral High School educator was among six relatives, including his 91-year-old mother, who tested positive for COVID-19.

“He was a great guy. We didn’t expect Leo to go like this,” his brother Mike Lugo said. “It took my brother, and it took him only a week to go.”

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According to Lugo’s sister-in-law, every day got “worse and worse and worse until the end” for the teacher.

“This is real,” Bertha Lugo said of the coronavirus. “We were cut short of his time here.”

Lugo began

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Parents of special needs kids in ‘panic mode’ as virtual learning falls short

When Opal Foster lost her job during the pandemic, she unexpectedly found herself consumed by another full-time gig that didn’t pay: at-home virtual learning supervisor for her son with special needs.

“We’re all kind of living in panic mode right now,” said Foster, a single mother in Silver Spring, Maryland, who is still unemployed.

Foster spends all day at the family dining room table working with her son, Jeremiah, who has Down syndrome, as he navigates a labyrinth of Zoom classes, counseling sessions and art projects for eighth grade.

PHOTO: Single mom Opal Foster of Silver Spring, Md., lost her job in March during the pandemic but now spends all day at home helping her son Jeremiah start eighth grade. (ABC News)

“There isn’t anybody really available to give you breaks,” Foster said. “Financially, I’m not really sure how the end of the year is going to look.”


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Coronavirus hits coastal districts, parents say Portland middle schoolers get short shrift: The week in education

It’s starting to look a lot like fall.

Yet the vast majority of Oregon’s classrooms remain empty as the coronavirus pandemic continues. And although some schools have welcomed younger students back into schools, many more are located in counties where case counts are too high to meet state metrics for reopening.

State and local education officials have emphasized the new school year will look much different than any other.

And they’ve been right: From the pandemic to continued protests against systemic justice and police brutality to historic wildfires that displaced hundreds across the state, fall 2020 is among the most news-laden, school-hampering seasons in history.

We’ve got all of that and more in this jumbo-sized education roundup. Here’s the biggest news from across the state this week:

Education stories from the Portland area:

Portland Public Schools is providing only 4 1/2 hours per week of synchronous instruction for its middle

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