Mandarin language debate dividing school
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