The Uncertain Future Of Español In Miami-Dade Classrooms
Census data rank Miami as one of the most bilingual cities in the U.S. On the nightly news, in the halls of government and in the aisles of the supermarket, Miami-Dade County speaksespañol.
But how well today’s schoolchildren read and write in Spanish — the real measure of fluency in an increasingly competitive economy — has become a matter of debate as the Miami-Dade County school system reconsiders how to teach children the native tongue of many of its residents.
Some language experts believe Miami’s command of Spanish is
slowly slipping away, following a similar, well-documented
historical trend of immigrant communities becoming increasingly