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Letter to the Editor: Immersion makes a school district stand out

March 1, 2012

Immersion decisions a concern

BY MARTIN L. JACOBS

, Feb 23, 2012 (2 Reader comments)

 

I am writing this because I am concerned about the Lake Oswego School Board’s decisions about language immersion programs in the Lake Oswego schools.

We moved to Oregon in 1965 with four small children. When we came to the area we spent time searching for a home. Concerned about good education and learning that the Lake Oswego school system was considered the best in the area, we bought our home on Glen Eagles road. We paid about 20 percent more than if we had bought a house elsewhere, but education was important to us.

All four children went to Uplands, Lake Oswego Junior High and Lake Oswego High schools, receiving excellent educations, going on to Brown University, Boston University, College of the Pacific and OHSU School of Nursing.

I have interviewed students for college admission and worked with Brown admissions officers for many years. I know their respect for L.O.H.S. and how that influences their decisions. It would be unfortunate if that advantage were lost to our graduates.

My concern is that the Lake Oswego schools could be losing their reputation as the best in the state. Other nearby school systems are now offering immersion programs, while we dither and delay. First “we don’t have the time,” then “we don’t have the funds.” These are excuses. As a businessman, I know that you make time to do important things. No excuses! After vacillating, the school board has now approved a Spanish immersion program. They found the time and money to do that. A good decision.

 

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