“Now, the program receives twice as many applicants as can be accommodated in the entering class's 60 spaces” – of Portland Public Schools' Mandarin immersion program
The bad news is that Portland Public Schools continues to refuse to expand its popular Mandarin immersion program (an enormous strategic mistake for our future economy). Both points of news are covered in the Oregonian article “Hope Chinese Charter School in Beaverton immerses kid in Mandarin Chinese” by Dominique Fong (here):
Students at Beaverton's newest public charter school will spend most of their days this fall reading, writing and singing in Chinese.
Hope Chinese Charter School, housed inside Korean Mission Church in Cedar Hills, will open in September with kindergarten and first grade. Organizers plan to teach three-quarters of the school day in Chinese and the rest in English.
The school's founders, a group of parents and educators, expect to add a grade level each school year, eventually reaching eighth grade.
And, on PPS’ failure:
…. six years ago, a Chinese immersion program at Portland Public Schools struggled to fill its classes. Now, the program receives twice as many applicants as can be accommodated in the entering class's 60 spaces. Many end up on a waiting list, said Michael Bacon, director of the K-16 program.
"We've seen a really dramatic increase in demand from parents," Bacon said. "We get requests constantly from people wanting to visit and thinking about moving to the city."
The parents and others who persisted in developing the Hope Chinese Charter School are my heroes. And kudos to the Beaverton School District for supporting development of the school. And a continuing big black mark for PPS.