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Chapel Hill’s Mandarin program faces axe due to budget issues

April 4, 2012

Chapel Hill-Carrboro parents: Don’t end Chinese language program

CHAPEL HILL – A report that recommends suspending dual English-Chinese language classes met strong criticism and disappointment from parents and students involved in the program.The Mandarin Chinese dual language program got a ringing show of support from than 100 parents and students at Thursday’s meeting of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education.

They wore red to show support for the program, which puts elementary, middle and high school students in a language immersion setting in which half of their classes, like math and science, are taught in Mandarin Chinese.

No one would have guessed the program’s future was in jeopardy a year ago, when the school board resolved to double the size of program at the elementary school level. But in conjunction with redistricting for the new elementary school opening in 2013, a study determined the costs associated with bringing Chinese educators were higher than anticipated, and that the program was not viable.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2012 4:18 pm

    Get the full story here! Looks like we can still SAVE this program. To help us, please sign our petition and take the survey at this link:

    Thank you!
    Friends of Chinese DL Program
    Chapel Hill, NC

  2. July 1, 2012 7:07 pm

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