Support Implementation of the School-wide Mandarin Dual Language Magnet Program at Glenwood Elementary School

We support implementation of the School-wide Mandarin Dual Language Magnet Program at Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina starting in 2019. No delay. The proposal was approved by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education on September 20th, 2018.

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BACKGROUND: Source: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education board meeting notes and proposals

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"In 2002, CHCCS first offered elementary Chinese/English Dual Language education. Over the last 16 years, the Mandarin Dual Language Program (MDL) has gone through a number of iterations and faced significant challenges. Beginning in March 2012 and as recently as May 2018, the administration has conducted research, gathered feedback from community members, parents, teachers, and staff, and made a number of recommendations ranging from eliminating the program to expanding the program, and a variety of options in between.

Throughout this process, two factors have become clear: 1) There is widespread support for the Mandarin Dual Language Program among many of our families and among Board of Education members; 2) The District needs a long-term plan to strengthen the program, identify the resources needed to ensure its sustainability and success, and remove any barriers in order to provide full access and support for all interested students and families."

On the contrary to the belief that magnet school will only benefit a small portion of elite children, the program opens the door for all interested families to get access to high quality dual language program that they will not be able to afford or have access to otherwise. Glenwood MDL program is based on lottery system, and has always been fair and open to all applicants regardless of their race, learning capability, family income and social status.

On September 20, 2018, the board voted unanimously (7-0) to proceed with the magnet vote. Following that, the magnet school transition was voted 4-3 in favor of magnet. The vote was based on careful evaluation of the magnet proposal. 

Photo: Glenwood MDL Kingdergarten class performance Feb, 2018

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