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Proposed California bill seeks to remove prohibitions for school language immersion programs

April 16, 2014

Proposed state Senate bill seeks to remove prohibitions for school language immersion programs

click to enlargeJennie Lee

  • West Portal Elementary School teacher Jennie Lee leads a Chinese immersion class Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, 22 kindergarten and first-grade students filed into their classroom at West Portal Elementary School, stuffed their backpacks into their cubbies and plopped down on a blue rug displaying the ABC’s.Teacher Jennie Lee promptly began speaking to the students in Cantonese, and she would continue to do so for the remainder of the day as part of the school’s language immersion program, one of more than a dozen offered in the San Francisco Unified School District.

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