One of the reasons this was rejected was because the school’s proposed charterl said that after 2nd grade it would only admit students who were proficient in Mandarin.
Claire Cunningham, a legal counsel to the Office of Education, found fault with the proposed charter’s language proficiency requirement for children who want to enroll after second grade. “All public schools, including charter schools … have to admit all students who seek to attend. And [if] a public school wishes to exclude portions of students who may wish to attend, that’s not permissible under the [California] education code,” she said.
That’s odd, as every Mandarin immersion (and Spanish immersion and French immersion) program I’m aware of doesn’t allow students who aren’t proficient in both languages after a certain point, usually first grade. There’s simply no other way you can run an immersion school. In fact College Park Elementary, in the San Mateo/Foster City School District, just 14 miles away in, is example of such a school.
It’s also the rule at all the public immersion schools in San Francisco Unified School District.
It’s a puzzler, to be sure…
County rejects bid to open a Mandarin immersion charter school in Menlo Park
Backers of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School are down to their final strike.
The San Mateo County Board of Education on Wednesday denied their petition to open a charter within the Menlo Park City School District.
In November, the school district’s board of trustees threw the first strike by rejecting the Mandarin immersion charter’s petition — a month after holding a public hearing where many teachers and others spoke against the school. Now that the county threw a second strike, supporters’ last chance for a charter lies with the state if they pursue it.
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