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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dual-immersion funding threatened

Posted By on March 6, 2012, 11:30 AM

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Twenty-three schools in Utah are waiting to see today or tomorrow if their dual-immersion language programs will be lost.---

Without at least $800,000, schools across Utah face losing courses for elementary students that provide teaching for half a day in English and half a day in another language. Five languages are taught as part of the various dual-immersion programs throughout the state, principally Spanish and Mandarin. 

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, chair of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, put out a statement late last night criticizing the failure of the Executive Appropriations Subcommittee to not prioritize Utah's dual-immersion program. "A thousand first-grade students will be denied a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in Utah's dual-immersion program and lose the great opportunity of a bilingual education."

Dual-immersion classes, the statement noted, if begun in the first grade, not only greatly assist foreign language acquisition, but also have been shown to improve students' "performance in other core subjects over their non-immersion peers."

City Weekly contacted world-language specialist Gregg Roberts at the Utah State Office of Education for his take on the potential cut. He e-mailed that he was hopeful the money would be restored today or tomorrow.

The schools that face cancellation of their dual-immersion program are:

Alpine School District
     Alpine Elementary- Chinese
     Riverview Elementary- Chinese
     Rocky Mountain Elementary- Portuguese

Box Elder School District
     Foothill Elementary- Chinese

Charter Schools
     American Leadership Academy- Spanish
     Renaissance Academy- Chinese

Granite Schol District
     Valley Crest Elementary- Spanish

Iron School District
     East Elementary- Spanish

Jordan School District
     Herriman Elementary- Spanish
     Welby Elementary- Spanish

Murray School District
     Parkside Elementary- Portuguese

Park City School District
     Jeremy Ranch Elementary- French
     McPolin Elementary- Spanish

Provo School District
     Lakeview Elementary- German

Washington County School District:
     Arrowhead Elementary- Chinese
     Horizon Elementary- Chinese
     Three Falls Elementary- Chinese
     Hurricane Elementary- Spanish
     Red Mountain- Spanish

Weber School District
     Bates Elementary- Chinese
     Freedom Elementary- Spanish

Davis School District
     Farmington Jr. High- Spanish
     Legacy Jr. High- Spanish

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