A Texas principal who sparked national controversy after she told students at her heavily-Hispanic middle school to speak English in class claims she is being persecuted for following state education rules.
Amy Lacey, who was fired as principal of Hempstead Middle School outside Houston in March, says that contrary to reports from students and teacher at her school, she never banned Spanish from campus when she made a school-wide announcement on the intercom last November.
'I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for (state) tests,' she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle.
She added: 'It is important to note that I did not ban the use of Spanish anywhere in the school or at any time.'
Speaking out for the first time, Mrs Lacey said it is state policy to teach English and the official language of the state of Texas is English. Her intent, she claims, was merely to encourage her students to use English more.
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