Mandarin immersion classes will continue at Cherokee Elementary School, though in a new, less socially fragmenting way, according to an article in TribLocal.
The classes will now be taught for incoming kindergarteners in a 90-minute period, when other students can chose to take advanced science or social studies classes, the article states. This allows the students to interact more with their classmates, as opposed to older students in the immersion program who study in Mandarin for about half the school day.
Parents on both sides of the debate lobbied the school board to see their point of view through dueling online petitions this winter. Parents also took to Patch to voice their opinions in letters to the editor, such as this one and this one.