Wake Ed

May 13, 2014

Wake County schools promoting new foreign language programs

The Wake County school system is promoting its proposal to add language immersion programs to two schools this fall by inviting reporters to watch the Spanish language immersion program at Jeffreys Grove Elementary School.

CORRECTED TO REFLECT THAT JEFFREYS GROVE ELEMENTARY IS A FULL IMMERSION,SPANISH PROGRAM.

Don’t be surprised to hear a lot in the news today about the Wake County school system wanting to expand language immersion programs.

The school system is inviting reporters to attend a “media opportunity” this morning at Jeffreys Grove Elementary School in Raleigh to watch students participating in the Spanish full-language immersion program. Students take all their core courses in Spanish.

The school system is trying to build public support for its budget proposal, which includes a request for $39.3 million more from county commissioners. The request includes $107,000 for language immersion programs.

Wake wants to continue the program at Jeffreys Grove and to start a Spanish dual-language immersion program at Hodge Road Elementary School in Knightdale and a Mandarin Chinese full-language immersion program at Stough Elementary School in Raleigh.

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