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Two Mothers Hand-Deliver Petition Opposing Mandarin Charter School

June 29, 2011

What’s so fascinating about this is how differently NJ has reacted to Mandarin immersion compared to many other districts. We know that in many urban school districts, Mandarin immersion is offered both as an aid to  Chinese-speaking students and to encourage English-speaking middle class families to stay in their districts rather than going to the suburbs or to private schools.

But how does it play out in other, non-urban, school districts? If your child is in Mandarin immersion, tell us why your district created your program. What are the motivations for school districts? What are the motivations for parents?

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From Patch.com

Two Mothers Hand-Deliver Petition Opposing Mandarin Charter School to Department of Education More than 1,200 residents from the three sending school districts signed the online petition.

By Greta Cuyler

Two mothers, one from Princeton and one from neighboring South Brunswick, hand-delivered on Tuesday a “Say No to Proposed Mandarin Charter School (PIACS)” petition to the New Jersey Department of Education.

Lisa Grieco-Rodgers of Monmouth Junction and Liz Lempert of Princeton Township, anticipating a request from Princeton International Academy Charter School for another year’s planning extension, delivered a petition containing the signatures of more than 1,200 residents of Princeton, South Brunswick, Plainsboro and West Windsor asking that Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education Christopher Cerf and Director of the Office of Charter Schools Carly Bolger deny any requested extension.

Grieco-Rodgers and Lempert hoped to deliver their petition to Cerf but Alan Guenther, the department’s director of communications, accepted the petition on Cerf’s behalf. Citing the more than 500 residents from the three sending school districts who showed up to protest PIACS before the South Brunswick Zoning Appeals Board, Grieco-Rodgers said residents’ concerns include adequate numbers of restrooms, proper food prep area, private-enclosed nurse’s office and proper child drop off/pick up.

 

Story is here.

Another story on the topic is here.

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