Support Spanish Immersion in Irvine Unified Elementary Schools
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We, the undersigned parents and community members, call on the Irvine Unified School District to provide Spanish immersion in elementary school beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
We call on the district to implement one of the proven immersion models for children whose first language is English, Spanish or another language. These include full and partial immersion models where the approved curriculum is taught in Spanish for all or half of the school day.
Language immersion schools are highly valued and proven to be successful in other communities. We believe Spanish immersion instruction at the elementary level will bring significant academic, cross-cultural and economic benefits to Irvine, especially considering the increasing population of Spanish speakers in the United States and in California.
Our vision is an Irvine Unified School District that nurtures early development of bilingual or multilingual children who excel academically across subjects, interact effectively with people from different cultures, and compete successfully in the global marketplace. Early language immersion is critical to realizing this vision in our world class school district.