LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has rejected a complaint filed against district administrators by the parent of a Pottsgrove High School student who argued the district has been negligent in ensuring that the school’s French teacher knows the language well enough to teach it.
In the complaint and in conversations with a reporter, Tony DiPaolo said he had tried for five months to work with the district’s administrators to resolve the issue, particularly when the teacher in question went on leave and the opportunity to find a native language speaker presented itself, but he met resistance and bureaucracy every step of the way.
In the end, “I had no choice,” he said. “This not only affects my son, but all the other students who think they are being taught proper French.”
DiPaolo is multi-lingual. His parents are Italian and spoke Italian in the home. That home was in Montreal and Dipaolo attended a private school there staffed by instructors from France.