(El Distrito Pública el Informe del Programa Bilingüe y Solicita Comentarios)
School Board Approves Dual Language recommendation:
At the June 7, 2012 meeting, the School Board approved a continuation of the Chinese Dual Language program; a Dual Language magnet school at FPG with two additional magnet tracks at Carrboro Elementary.
Link to Dual Language page
Link to School Board documents
The Dual Language administrative team created this page as a resource for school and community members to follow the possible changes to the Dual Language Program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. We have a detailed report on the Dual language program, opportunities to provide online feedback, and a schedule of community events to learn about the recommendations gather in-person feedback.
Below is a little bit of background on the process so far:
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Board of Education established a district priority on second language instruction. The priority included a subsection that focused on the Dual Language program (next year, recommendations for K-12 world language instruction will be made). Dual Language has been frequently discussed over the past few years. Questions of access, program location, and whether to expand the program have been discussed at the schools, in our community, and with the Board of Education. The construction of our eleventh elementary school has been accelerated due to a spike in enrollment growth. The associated reassignment of neighborhoods as part of a comprehensive redistricting process will begin next fall. Dual Language decisions could have a big impact on this process and an administrative team was established to review the program and make recommendations for the program in advance of the redistricting process.
A supplement to the original report is now available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Both reports will be considered by the Board of Education on May 17th at 7pm. Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting and after topic has been discussed by the Board of Education.
Major change recommendation that impact our stakeholders should also come with opportunities for feedback and input. Along with the release of this report, the district is providing a listing of the various channels that will be used to collect feedback and input from stakeholders. These include SIT meetings, public forums, electronic submissions, and a survey.
We realize that the recommendations of this report are likely to spark even more community dialogue about Dual Language. As a result, we ask that parents, educators, and other citizens take advantage of the numerous opportunities for public comment. By utilizing these outlets, comments, input and feedback may be collected in common locations and staff time can be better directed at continuing to work on the program.
It is important to note that the recommendations in this report will not be presented to the Board until after feedback and input is received and considered by the team of district staff that have been working on Dual Language. After staff considers the information received through these input and feedback opportunities, a final report will be shared with the community and presented to the Board of Education for consideration later this spring.