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Parents work to found private Mandarin/Spanish trilingual school in Pasadena

April 15, 2014

Parent innovation leads to unusual solution to school frustrations

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Founding parents Nancy Baca, left, Duhee Lee and Marian Chen look inside an available classroom at Pasadena Christian Church. The ad-hoc group of founding parents are calling the new school “The Oasis Trilingual Community School.”

Tamara Hernandez isn’t the first parent to be underwhelmed by her local public school. But she’s solving the problem in a way not many do: she’s joining other frustrated parents to start a new school.

She said the idea had been percolating in her head for some time. But the project didn’t get started until one afternoon this Winter, while brainstorming with parents about another way to bring change at the school.

“They wanted me to join their effort, and I just blurted out ‘I’m going to start my own school,’” she said. “And then as soon as I said it, it just started happening very quickly.”

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