Man­darin lan­guage de­bate di­vid­ing school

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Front page - BY MATT GOAD Cor­re­spon­dent

Glen­wood El­e­men­tary is a school di­vided as it awaits its fate, where some stu­dents in the Man­darin dual-lan­guage pro­gram have been bul­lied, par­ents and teach­ers told the school board Thurs­day night.

Par­ents of stu­dents in the school’s Man­darin-lan­guage tract urged the Chapel Hil­lCar­rboro City Schools Board of Ed­u­ca­tion not to de­lay mak­ing the school the Man­darin dual-lan­guage mag­net pro­gram ap­proved in Septem­ber.

But, re­spond­ing to a re­quest from CHCCS ad­min­is­tra­tion, the board voted 6-1 to move im­ple­men­ta­tion from fall 2019 to fall 2020.

In the mean­time, the board is also con­sid­er­ing a new pro­posal de­vel­oped by the Glen­wood staff.

The pro­posal would re­tain more of the tra­di­tional-track stu­dents cur­rently at­tend­ing the school along­side the Man­darin stu­dents. It would keep the dual-lan­guage pro­gram, of­fer Man­darin to all stu­dents in a less rig­or­ous cur­ricu­lum than the dual-lan­guage pro­gram and make Glen­wood a Global Stud­ies mag­net with Man­darin a part of that des­ig­na­tion. Stu­dents in the Glen­wood dis­trict would get pref­er­ence in the mag­net lot­tery.

A VOTE AND AN APOL­OGY

Glen­wood, the small­est school in the CHCCS dis­trict, has faced over­crowd­ing is­sues for at least five years, and the dis­trict has con­sid­ered var­i­ous mag­net for­ma­tions as a way to re­duce the pop­u­la­tion.

Af­ter a 4-3 vote Sept. 20 to make Glen­wood a Man­darin dual-lan­guage mag­net, thenChair­woman Rani Dasi came back in Novem­ber and apol­o­gized, say­ing the board had not fol­lowed its poli­cies and should re­con­sider the vote.

Tra­di­tional-track par­ents, based on emails and text mes­sages ob­tained through a pub­lic records re­quest, have ac­cused board members Pat Hein­rich and James Bar­rett of strate­giz­ing with Man­darin par­ents about how to per­suade board members to back a Man­darin dual-lan­guage mag­net. Hein­rich, who also

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