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English-Only Rule in the Cafeteria Kitchen

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This Week in Education and Detentionslip.org have picked up on an April 7 story that says school cafeteria workers in Seminole County, Fla., were told they can't speak Spanish on the job.

I've written for Education Week about incidents where students were told they couldn't speak Spanish in certain school settings. In all the cases I've heard about, school administrators have backed down on their stance after Hispanic advocacy or other groups contended that a ban on students' native language is discrimination.

I'll keep an eye on whether the school administrators in Seminole County will do the same.

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It seems that Spanish is always the language targeted and the irony is that the foreign language teaching done in the United States is almost exclusively Spanish nowadays. Wouldn't it be cute if they had only Spanish days? Guess not. There is something to these No Spanish rules which specifically target native Spanish speakers. It's not the language, it's racism.

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