Could Seattle’s Mandarin immersion program be lost to budget cuts?
In a community forum on January 4, District Superintendent Larry Nyland said that certain programs may have to be cut.
None of the local papers seem to be writing about it, but the Seattle Schools Community Forum thankfully had someone there who posted this:
“He said beyond staff that things that are thought of as regular-type items in the district like “dual language and Options schools” might be on the chopping block. I am baffled at this, both from a logistics point of view and given that the district has never really explained the extra expense from either type of program.”
You can read the full posting here.
Language immersion programs have been very popular in Seattle and have helped keep families in the district who otherwise might have left – a net gain in terms of funding.
They’re also not more expensive. In the comments period, one mom wrote: