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LAUSD Mandarin immersion program expansion sparks backlash

June 25, 2015
<em>Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista. Photo from Wikipedia</em>

Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista. Photo from Wikipedia

“It’s really been an L.A. story,” said Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board member Steve Zimmer, who is in the middle of a classic Los Angeles conflict that reflects the city’s many cultures and tensions.

The dispute is taking place in West Los Angeles, in an area encompassing parts of Venice and Mar Vista. The people who ran a popular Mandarin immersion program at Venice’s Broadway Elementary School wanted to expand to both Mandarin and Spanish immersion and move to a new building, proposed to be built on the Mark Twain Middle School campus in Mar Vista, a few miles west. The new building would cost $30 million.

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