On The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham spoke about the Houston-area principal who lost her job for telling her students that it would be beneficial for them to speak English in the classroom.
Amy Lacey, former principal at Hempstead Middle School, received harsh criticism for her recommendation–but was only placed on paid administrative leave last winter. The school board, however, declined to renew her contract; so she was effectively fired over her belief, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Lacey claims that she made the suggestion based on state law because the standardized tests are in English; she believed it would best help the Hispanic students if they spoke English as much as they could.
The Texas Education Code states: “English is the basic language of this state. Public schools are responsible for providing a full opportunity for all students to become competent in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the English language. …The mastery of basic English skills is a prerequisite for effective participation in the state’s educational program.”
“How can this happen in Texas,” O’Reilly asked, noting that the state is one of the more conservative states politically.
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Ingraham believes that there is a “movable red line” created by the left; and when it gets crossed, the consequences are severe.
“You will be drummed out of public life, perhaps. You will be terminated, you will be fired, you will be harassed and you’ll be called all sorts of names. And this is what this poor teacher came up against. …They decided to make an example out of her,” said Ingraham.
Even though Lacey never mandated that English be spoken, it was still portrayed as an “affront” to Hispanic culture.