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WESA Education Special: Translating Between Families and Schools

WESA Education Special: Translating Between Families and Schools

Many school districts throughout Allegheny County are becoming increasingly diverse. Some populations, like Somali Bantu, are well established in the region, while families from Mexico and Central America represent fast growing groups. All schools are federally required to provide translation and interpretation services for families, which is becoming more challenging given the linguistic diversity, and strain on school resources. In Pittsburgh Public Schools, nearly 50 different languages and dialects are spoken, which accounts for thousands of students and families. In this radio documentary, 90.5 WESA reporters Sarah Schneider and Virginia Alvino-Young examine the challenges and solutions to educational language services.