Meeting Does Only A Little To Help Parent Having Trouble Because Her Kids Speak English

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Kelly Martinez, the Spring Branch woman whose sons couldn't get into the school she wanted

because they spoke English

(see update below), met with the principal of Edgewood Elementary this morning.

Nothing new was offered for her oldest son, but the school will allow Martinez's youngest son to attend its Spanish-language-only pre-kindergarten class. According to Suzanne Mercado, the school's principal, a few parents have opted to place their kids in that class, even if their kids don't speak Spanish.

Otherwise, her youngest son has to attend an off-campus pre-kindergarten center for $500 a month. "I can’t afford to do that," Martinez says. "If I could afford to do that, I would put them in a private school and say, 'To hell with it.'"

After the meeting, Martinez and her sons took a tour of Edgewood. The kindergarten class greeted the group, "Buenos dias, Mrs. Mercado." They sat through a presentation that was half English, half Spanish.

"It's good campus, and I understand her community is predominately Hispanic," Martinez says. "I don't have a problem with that, but I have a problem not being able to get our needs met when we don't come from that culture."

The district superintendent called Martinez today and said that her oldest son could be enrolled in Edgewood immediately, or the district would continue to look for another campus for both boys. She has decided to wait and see what they come up with.

According to Martinez, the superintendent also said that she should only deal with him starting now, not any principals or other staffers.

Update: From Duncan Klussmann, Spring Branch superintendent:

"The district has not refused to enroll her children, and the parent has yet to turn in the paperwork for her children to be enrolled. And we do not deny enrollment to anyone based on the language they speak."

-- Paul Knight

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.