It has been since 2005 since my wife and daughter have moved here from China. The Hampshire county school system has failed to find an English Second Language teacher for her. In the U.S. people complain why don’t the Spanish learn English, we have a daughter who wants to learn English and the educational system has failed her. We have heard all the same garbage before from one school official to the next in the Hampshire County school system.

There is only one person and whom I have considered truly cares about my daughter’s plight, but she can’t do it all. I have contacted the state of West Virginia in the past as well but little has done in the way of them helping to alleviate this situation.

I have initially started to contact the U.S. Department of Education of whom I am hoping to have an appointment with someone who may be able to get my daughter and others an ESL teacher as the need fits as well as attention to this system.

I can’t fathom why Morgantown could fulfill these needs of her at Morgantown High School and Hampshire County fails to do the same. If all else fails there may be a time where litigation may have to happen, similar to that in Western West Virginia causing an increase in property taxes state wide to provide an adequate tax surcharge to pay for the lacking in pay to secure qualified teachers for the area schools to improve.

The school system over the years has foolishly squandered the funds getting themselves into lawsuits for various reasons leaving the children to suffer for the lack of qualified teachers. I haven’t seen much in my 46 years exposed to this school system that gives anything to brag about, in fact people shy away from this area because the educational systems here has a bad reputation for its problems.

Mike Bowman

Romney, W.Va.

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