A program that puts parents in classrooms to assist teachers is running out of money. Parents who are affected by the lack of funding to the Parent Mentor program, delivered 30,000 postcards to legislators at the Capitol urging them to find funding for another year. Monica Espinoza Soto, a graduate of the peer mentor program and the program coordinator at Burbank Elementary in Burbank, says this program is important to help students, especially minorities.
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“We are here to fight for education, that’s what we want. We want to fight for resources for a better education for our children,” Soto said. If passed, H.R. 258 will give $3.5 million in funding the program. Soto says if the money isn’t given, the program will be eliminated. “You can’t put a price on what the parents do in the classroom,” Soto said. The program has funding to last to June 13.