A group of residents in Lake Forest say they’re angry at the Lake Forest School District 67 board for continuing a Mandarin Chinese language program at Cherokee Elementary School despite a lack of state funding.
The Mandarin immersion program – which is offered from kindergarten through third grade – allows students at Cherokee Elementary School to have half of their school day taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese.
Some parents argue the program has created divisions resulting in an at-times hostile environment in the school. District officials respond that they’re looking into the culture created by the program, but say its educational successes are clear.
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