Hundreds Voice Disapproval at Encinitas School Plan

The change would eliminate english-only classes

By Kelly McPherson
|  Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 1:22 PM PDT
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Hundreds Voice Disapproval at Encinitas School Plan

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The Encinitas Union School District Wednesday will discuss adding bilingual classes for students at Capri Elementary School.

The proposed change would eliminate English-only classes, offering courses that teach children both English and Spanish.
 
Students who prefer taking English-only courses must attend Paul Ecke Elementary School.
 
Last week parents raised concern over the proposal saying it may send their kids to a different school. Hundreds of parents have signed on-line petitions, attended public forums and sent letters to the school board voicing their opinions on what could happen to the Capri Elementary School.
 
Parents will have a chance to address those concerns at Wednesday’s meeting, which will be held at the district headquarters on South Rancho Santa Fe Road at 11:30 a.m.
 
No decision will be made, but a public discussion will take place based on parent and staff surveys already conducted.
 
Timothy Baird, superintendent, told NBC7SanDiego the dual language immersion program would save the school district money.
 
Baird said that he hopes to make a final ruling by May. If passed, the immersion at Capri Elementary School would be phased in starting with the kindergarten class.

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