Sad news! Just a days after celebrating the new Mandarin immersion charter school in the Beaverton school district (here), news arrives that not enough students signed up for the Lake Oswego Mandarin immersion kindergarten. From the Oregonian article “Low enrollment prompts Lake Oswego School District to cancel kindergarten-level Mandarin immersion class” by Nicole Dungca (here):
The Lake Oswego School District will not offer a Mandarin language immersion class for kindergarten students this fall, largely because too few students enrolled in the program.
The board earlier this year declined to expand its language immersion programs past the kindergarten level because of concerns including attrition and equity, despite pleas from a small, but vocal contingent of community members. But the board also gave the go-ahead to add a kindergarten class for Mandarin immersion, contingent on high interest and finding a suitable teacher.
Sixteen students registered for the kindergarten-level Mandarin class, which Jonnie Shobaki, the district's director of elementary education, characterized as "not enough." By comparison, the Spanish immersion kindergarten class at Lake Grove Elementary School has 25 students enrolled with a wait list for the fall…..
Discussions do continue in Lake Oswego, but his is a step backwards in the strategic effort to expand Mandarin education in Oregon.