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The ABCs of English-Learning Students

Parents at Hoover High don’t care why the only teacher at the school assigned specifically to help English learners is going away next year. They care about the impact: They don’t want their kids to be mediocre.

Hoover’s new principal, Joe Austin, had only been on the job a couple of months when he learned about the district’s plan to save money. Instead of hiring new teachers to replace those who left or retired, Superintendent Cindy Marten made a last-minute call to move support teachers out of supplementary positions, and make lead classroom teachers out of them.