Petition for Mandarin-English Charter School
I support the creation of the Hua Mei Charter School, as an English-Mandarin bilingual elementary school located in Essex County, New Jersey. To encourage children to engage with Mandarin at the ages where it is easiest to learn, the school would conduct a significant share of the standard New Jersey elementary public-school curriculum in Mandarin. By immersing the children in Mandarin for part of the school day, children will be encouraged to use the language for general learning and communication, not just in language classes. The school seeks to develop well-rounded children with both a world focus and an early capacity for academic excellence.