Sept. 10, 2004 – A Houston school system is proposing a new school tailored particularly for immigrant students. The school, which will be voted on next Tuesday by the Houston Independent School District's board, would include evening and weekend classes, accelerated credit programs and a yearlong schedule.
Interim Houston superintendent Abe Saavedra told CNN that, since many immigrants students walk into the classroom knowing very little English, they "need more support than conventional schools can provide." The proposed school would open in 2005.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Antonio Cruz, seventeen a year-old Mexican immigrant who dropped out of school to support his family, said, "I am happy this new school will open up soon." Cruz also said the schoolâ€™s flexible hours will make it possible from him to attend class before going to work as an overnight janitor.