School board unanimously renews Oakland, CA Mandarin immersion charter
December 9, 2015
Hayward – Trustees of the Alameda County Board of Education voted unanimously to renew the charter for Yu Ming Charter School Tuesday night, drawing cheers from the roomful of parents, teachers and staff members in attendance.
The renewal decision comes fives years after Yu Ming received unanimous approval from Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) for the school’s original charter submission, setting in motion the establishment of the first public Mandarin immersion K-8 school in the East Bay.
Representing Yu Ming at the Dec. 8 meeting were Rodrigo Prudencio, Yu Ming board chair; Gloria Lee, a Yu Ming founder and lead author of the school’s charter petition; Sue Park, head of school; and Jamila Dugan, assistant principal.
As is the usual practice, the charter approval is subject to finalizing a new Memorandum of Understanding between Yu Ming and Alameda County. One key focus will be to demonstrate progress on Yu Ming’s efforts to increase the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the students served. School representatives detailed past and current efforts in this area, including targeted outreach at Head Start preschools and weighted lottery preferences for residents living near Yu Ming.
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