Acording to the census, Hispanics in Chicago are growing at a very high rate. When talking about education we cannot avoid the Bilingual Education subject. Most people have the wrong idea that Hispanics are in favour of bilingual education. Not the way it works. There is no such thing as bilingual education. It is called Bilingual but in reality is a "transition" program, a path to transition non-English speaking students to a "fully inmerse English program". Teachers have the first 3 years to transition children, if they fail, children have to stay in the bilingual program for three more years. 6 years into the "bilingual program" if students cannot move to the fully English inmerse program then they stay in the bilingual until 8th grade. Move on to High school. Think about it for a minute. There is no "Bilingual" High School. Students, fail, becuase they never learned English. Where do these "Bilingual" teachers come from? Most came from a program the state of Illinois shared with Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. Bilingual teachers in the Chicago and suburbs area are Spanish speaking teachers (that do not know English) and come from a different education background. If we really want to fix education in this City, State, and Country, we have to talk about Bilingual education. It is not a matter of money, poverty, school resources. Highland Park/Highwood Schoold district is a clear example. Oak Terrace School with 90% Hispanic Students (state of the art school, resources, teachers), its not making the numbers, students are not at grade level and the school has been in probetion for the past 3 years under the no child left behind. Well this welathy district that happens to share with one of the fastest growing Hispanic Suburbs is just not working. Bilingual, Dual Program, does not work. What does work is put student in a fully inmerse English program and hire language speacialist to help student transition one on one. The problem is complex because you have to take into account the fact that the Hispanic population is constantly changing, meaning, maybe today the child is attending K, but you also have student that just got here yesterday and are attending 5th grade or 8th grade. But that is not the majority.