Parents in Los Angeles launch fund-raising campaign to help Mandarin immersion program
From their site:
The Broadway Mandarin Immersion program is a thriving LAUSD public school program. Because of its success, this program needs more room to grow. Rather than finding a way to support the thriving program by providing it with necessary space, on May 26, 2015 Superintendent Cortines made the unilateral decision to halt construction on a new school and deal with space issues by mandating that our number of incoming kindergarten classes be cut from 4 to 2 beginning in 2016.
This is a crippling blow to the program because it threatens the long-term viability of the Mandarin Immersion program. It is difficult to fill attrition spots after 1st grade because incoming students have to have grade-level Mandarin proficiency. With normal attrition rates, starting with only 2 kinder classes will mean we will end up with only 1 small group of students matriculating to middle school.